Surviving the storm

Surviving the storm

Mark 4:35-41

And there arose a great storm of wind and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

Jeremiah 29:11

Sadly, we have all watched the devastating events surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy has been called a Superstorm and it has caused major damage for thousands of people who are still struggling with the after effects of the storm. Storms can be life-changing events. There are some storms that come into our lives that we can prepare for and there are others, despite our best efforts, that we cannot. Storms sometimes come out of nowhere when we least expect it. Storms come by other names in our lives. Storms can come in the form of unemployment, divorce, health issues, finances, discrimination, etc. Storms are usually not welcomed in our lives but the bible narrative mentioned above tells us that we can survive the storms in our lives. During these times we need a God who is able to outlast the storms in our lives. Jesus shows his disciples, as he is able to show us, that he is able to survive any storm – no matter how perilous. Here are some things to remember when reading Mark 4:35-41. Continue reading

Lame limbs….

Lame limbs….

Hebrews 12:12-13

…..and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed…..

Acts 3:1-9

Matthew 12:9-14

Recently I watched a short interview with swimming sensation Michael Phelps who was being asked about his relationship with his father. Everyone, who has been watching Phelps swim, is familiar with his mother in the stands cheering him on but his father has been absent. His parents divorced when Phelps was a young boy. The swimmer offered that he and his dad talk occasionally. It made me think about things in our lives that are not the best. Sometimes these things can be a source of pain, shame, guilt or regret for us. I call them lame limbs. A lame limb can show up in any family or individual. A lame limb is that which has been injured, broken, associated with pain, is less than full potential, and sometimes without any use at all (severed). Lame limbs don’t have to handicap us at all. We don’t have to”just live with them” or pretend that they are not there. Lame limbs can be healed. Continue reading