Mark 6:45-52 is the story of Jesus walking in a stormy sea to calm the disciples in their boat. At it's very core, this is a story of Jesus once again asking the disciples to not be afraid. This is sort in vein of the Old Testament, which often repeats the refrain of "fear God, and God alone." I'm not sure of why the disciples are fearful, especially when a few of them are fishermen. Maybe this storm was especially fierce and deadly. Regardless, Jesus comes to them to remind them that God is ultimate, and if they are part of God's kingdom (which everyone is) then they have nothing to fear. It is yet another scene that leaves the disciples dismayed.
For my faith, I do not need to know whether this scientifically happened, and whether the Jesus I follow actually walked effortlessly in stormy water. What I do rely on is the belief in a God anchored in love and hope, and a Jesus anchored in service, transformation, forgiveness, reconciliation and courage. If God's hope and love finds it's way to me and this world in the unexplainable, so be it :-). To be honest, most moments of insight, help and vision have come in ways I did not see beforehand, and that I cannot always explain in the moment (or long after). What has been an unexplainable moment of hope and calm in your life?
Children can follow along in Shine On page 212 and Spark page 294.
Daily Prayers to recite, remember and live by:
Lords Prayer (198 in Shine On, 278 in Spark)
Psalm 23 (129 in Shine On, 160 in Spark)
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.