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Battered

August 8, 2020

“But by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.” Matthew 14:24

On this 146th day of writing pandemic devotions, I am struck by the appropriateness of tomorrow’s gospel reading for our times. It is a familiar story. Jesus walks upon the water and calms the storm, enabling his friends to see and confess and that is the Son of God.

But we do ourselves a disservice if we hurry to the end of the passage. Let’s sit in the storm for a bit. Isn’t that where we are? This year has pummeled us in ways we would never have predicted last year. The wind is strong and we seem to be driven ever further from safe harbor. What’s next?

Well, I don’t know. But I know Jesus is coming, walking through the waves. I see myself in Peter, sinking under the water; perhaps you see yourself in him, too. The waves threaten to overwhelm us. But here’s Jesus, hauling us back up from the water and into the safety of the boat.

The storms are strong. We are battered. There’s no use pretending otherwise. On our own, we’d be lost. But Jesus is coming.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, the wind and the waves are overwhelming. As we wait for the storm to still, give us faith to see you in our midst. Help us to reach our hands and hearts to you, knowing that you are already there to take hold of us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Christ at the Sea of Galilee, Jacopo Tintoretto, 1575 (public domain).

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