Greetings and God’s peace from Chuckatuck as we draw to a close on June. We’re starting to see most of our “injury reserve” folks back in church now – it’s refreshing to see folks bouncing back from injuries and illnesses. The grounds were a little unsettled this morning with the remnants of the windstorm on Thursday-Friday. No major damage but plenty of widow-makers on the ground in the yard. We’re thankful for the safety of our property and the sanctuary we receive from God.

Ironically, today’s gospel was Mark’s first recounting of a windstorm buffeting Jesus and the disciples. Jesus chose a moment when the time was right to go across the Sea – even though it was night and (as we found out later) a storm was ‘a coming. The disciples were so perplexed by the storm they accused Jesus of not caring about them; to which, Jesus countered “why are you afraid?” In the midst of the storm Jesus promised the disciples he would always be present. Today, the same holds true and God is always present, even when we think we are dying.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

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