Dear FPC—
Today is a beautiful, sunny day. But several days this week have been quite stormy. Some folks even had trees fall on their homes (so grateful Pastor Chris and Mark are safe and sound!).
Life feels like that too—storms come and can be overwhelming. Later they end, but during the storm it is easy to cry out like Jesus disciples did when they were in a storm on the sea (see Mark 4) –Teacher, don’t you care? This week Lectio 365 reminded me of this teaching—the storms in our lives can uncover our deepest fears, including “does God really care about me?”
The good news is that he does—he will never leave us or forsake us, as the Torah teaches us. Jesus is actually with us in the storms, just like he was with the disciples in the boat. Remember how Jesus responded to the disciples’ cry—Peace, be still! Jesus’ word of peace can change our experience of life’s storms. Lectio 365 gave us this prayer: “Lord Jesus, Yours is the voice that brings peace, freedom and life. There is far more danger in me ignoring Your words than in obeying them. Give me courage to obey You today, come what may.” Amen!
I hope you can join us in worship as we look at what it means to be set apart (holy) so we can live with God.

Pastor Steve

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