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Faith Daily | 28 January 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 530


O God,

the strength of all those who put their trust in you:

mercifully accept our prayers,

and because through the weakness of our mortal nature

we can do nothing good without you,

grant us the help of your grace,

that in keeping your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 4: 35-41

35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Rosemary Bruton


Is Jesus the Captain of your Boat?


In the book of Isaiah the prophet said “So do not fear, for I am with you; don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.


I believe many times in our life, we often find ourselves in situations where we do feel “swamped”. I personally started feeling a bit “swamped” when at the beginning of this year, our Covid numbers started climbing into the 1000’s. I really wanted our Premier and Chief Health Officer to say that there was going to be another lockdown. To bring those numbers down. But the reality was, that was not going to happen. I needed to get calm and get onto my cushion and reach out to Jesus and say, “I am scared and I am afraid”.


In this reading, Jesus was on the boat and asleep in a bad storm. His disciples were naturally alarmed and called out for help. Jesus got straight up and responded by saying “Quiet! Be still!” Nature responded immediately to it’s Creator. Whatever the situation is, if we believe, Jesus is there. But we do need to call out to him and say “I can’t deal with this on my own, I need your help dear Lord, to bring calm to this situation”.


Do you have the time to stop? Be still? Calm and breathe and ask the Captain of the boat to help


FINAL PRAYER: Rev'd Jan


Breathe on me, breath of God….

turn my fear into trust

make my trust give me confidence

to love as you call.

Breathe on me, breath of God….

turn my self-sufficiency into dependency

on the only one who can truly save –

Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Breathe on me, breath of God….

turn my plans into prayers for your will

and willingness to join your Holy Spirit

in the making of your Kingdom.

Amen.

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