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Stormy Weather

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,
I don’t know what to do.

Wake up,
and come to my rescue.

In you I find my peace,
my centering,
my safe,
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!”

A Safe Place


O Lord,
I feel safe,
truly safe,
in you.

In you alone
do I find peace
and the strength to go on.

You are my safe place,
my strong place.

I come to you
with all that weighs me down,
the burdens I cannot
carry alone,
my brokenness
and pain,
and in you
I can breathe.

Here I sit,
in the safety of your shelter
and protection:
just sit
and wait

Psalm 62:5-12 (CEV)

Only God gives inward peace,
    and I depend on him.
God alone is the mighty rock
    that keeps me safe,
    and he is the fortress
    where I feel secure.
God saves me and honors me.
    He is that mighty rock
    where I find safety.

Trust God, my friends,
    and always tell him
each one of your concerns.
    God is our place of safety.

We humans are only a breath;
    none of us are truly great.
All of us together weigh less
    than a puff of air.
10 Don’t trust in violence
or depend on dishonesty
    or rely on great wealth.

11 I heard God say two things:
    “I am powerful,
12     and I am very kind.”
The Lord rewards each of us
    according to what we do.

Doing or Being?

It’s always the same! You always leave me to do everything…

Luke 10:38-42

Martha and Mary

38 The Lord and his disciples were traveling along and came to a village. When they got there, a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat down in front of the Lord and was listening to what he said. 40 Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”

41 The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, 42 but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.”

It’s always the same.

You always leave me to do everything.

Fetch, carry, get a meal on the table.

Don’t you think I might like to sit and listen just for once?  To have the time to stop and think.  But there’s so much to do, and you’re not helping.

“But is that really important?” Jesus asked.  “Do you think I’ve come here to be fed?”

“Lovely as your meals are, I’ve come to spend time with you.  Stop.  Take time to listen to me.  To share with me.  Hear what I have to say.  Receive what I have to give.

Stop.  Pause.  Rest.  Listen.”

And I did.  And I gained a whole new perspective.  I was refreshed, not stressed by his visit.

Come to Jesus.


Don’t worry about all that needs to be done.

Spend time in his presence.

Let him feed you…