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Stormy Weather

Tossed,
thrown,
about to be overwhelmed,
clinging on
by my fingertips
for dear life.

Who can save me
from this?

You asked me on this journey,
I thought you knew what you were doing,
but this is so rough.

I followed you
and now I feel so afraid
and alone.
You’ve gone to sleep
and left me to cope alone.

You know I’m frightened,
hurt,
scared,
I don’t know what to do.

Wake up,
please,
and come to my rescue.

In you I find my peace,
my centering,
my safe,
secure
place
in the storm.

May I not forget that you are there,
that whilst my panic
is understandable,
it is misplaced.

You are with me,
however high the storm,
however choppy the waters.

I call to you
to save me.

I reach out
to you,
as you ride the storm
with me.

Be Still My Soul

Mark 4:35-41 (CEV)

A Storm

35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the east side.” 36 So they left the crowd, and his disciples started across the lake with him in the boat. Some other boats followed along. 37 Suddenly a windstorm struck the lake. Waves started splashing into the boat, and it was about to sink.

38 Jesus was in the back of the boat with his head on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”

39 Jesus got up and ordered the wind and the waves to be quiet. The wind stopped, and everything was calm.

40 Jesus asked his disciples, “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?”

41 Now they were more afraid than ever and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Room In My Heart

Room in my heart,
is there really room in my heart
for all you ask of me,
all you give to me?

Or are there areas closed off,
shut up,
kept just for myself
and not for anyone else
to get in to?

Would I rather cause problems,
have everyone looking at me?

Would I rather hide the real me,
make sure no one can get in,
touch me,
hurt me
or bless me?

Am I holding back
on you?

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (CEV)

We work together with God, and we beg you to make good use of God’s kindness to you. In the Scriptures God says,

“When the time came,
    I listened to you,
and when you needed help,
    I came to save you.”

That time has come. This is the day for you to be saved.

We don’t want anyone to find fault with our work, and so we try hard not to cause problems. But in everything and in every way we show that we truly are God’s servants. We have always been patient, though we have had a lot of trouble, suffering, and hard times. We have been beaten, put in jail, and hurt in riots. We have worked hard and have gone without sleep or food. But we have kept ourselves pure and have been understanding, patient, and kind. The Holy Spirit has been with us, and our love has been real. We have spoken the truth, and God’s power has worked in us. In all our struggles we have said and done only what is right.

Whether we were honored or dishonored or praised or cursed, we always told the truth about ourselves. But some people said we did not. We are unknown to others, but well known to you. We seem to be dying, and yet we are still alive. We have been punished, but never killed, 10 and we are always happy, even in times of suffering. Although we are poor, we have made many people rich. And though we own nothing, everything is ours.

11 Friends in Corinth, we are telling the truth when we say that there is room in our hearts for you. 12 We are not holding back on our love for you, but you are holding back on your love for us. 13 I speak to you as I would speak to my own children. Please make room in your hearts for us.

What Do I Know?

I think I know so much,
have so much to say,
act like I make it all happen.

But you Lord,
you are the one,
the one who created
the heavens and the earth;
who did not just write the rules,
but worked them into all you made
and all you do.

You understand
the intricacies
and balance,
and you do it in care and love.

So, once again,
I remind myself,
that I know little
and you know everything.

Not only do you know the world,
but you know me,
intricately,
intimately,
to the depths of my being.

You know my struggles,
my pain,
my perceived injustices
and my real hurts
and scars.
You truly know what is happening,
see what I can’t understand.

So all I can do
is trust
and hope,
come to you,
sit with you
as you sit with me,
cling to you
who holds me tight
and wait with you
until I see
what you see
and know my place
in it all.

Job 38:1-11 (CEV)

The Lord Speaks

From Out of a Storm

38 From out of a storm,
    the Lord said to Job:
Why do you talk so much
    when you know so little?
Now get ready to face me!
Can you answer
    the questions I ask?
How did I lay the foundation
for the earth?
    Were you there?
Doubtless you know who decided
    its length and width.
What supports the foundation?
Who placed the cornerstone,
    while morning stars sang,
    and angels rejoiced?

When the ocean was born,
    I set its boundaries
and wrapped it in blankets
    of thickest fog.
10 Then I built a wall around it,
    locked the gates, 11 and said,
“Your powerful waves stop here!
    They can go no farther.”