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 Pastor's Blog 
Saturday, August 31 2019

God knows and understands, He cares and comforts, He still walks on Water and calms the Storms, and the hurts and pains of life. He has been there and knows even more than us, the Cross broke His heart but He had Joy for us when He went freely and after death, now lives again. The Greater the Pain, the more He understands. The more comfort we need, He brings it Greater. 

Peter walked on Water (past tense) but better still, far better, is that Jesus has Walked on Water and still walks on Water.

Matthew 14:22-32

“22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

In life, situations and circumstances, and tragic events happen, good and bad, sometimes very difficult and hard to understand. In such storms, Jesus said “Take Courage, Don’t be afraid!” When Peter was invited to walk on Water, he didn’t know what was ahead, but by faith he stepped out and did it, but it didn’t last long; when Peter saw the great wind kick-up he became afraid and could no longer walk on water, at the appropriate time and quickly, Peter cried out “Lord, save me”.   Immediately without hesitation, “Jesus reached out his hand and caught him”. The reality concluded that when they got back into the boat, the group acknowledged “Truly you are the Son God”.

Let’s never forget, Jesus understands and can react quickly to our needs when we cry out to Him. As we may remember, another reality in scripture is that Jesus in the midst of a huge storm, nothing minor, but raging, He dealt with it by the Power of His Words, “Peace be Still” and the storms calmed.  Not only can a Word from Jesus change things to bring comfort, so can a Whisper by the Holy Spirit.

I often have been perplexed that I was born in good physical and mental shape, but my twin brother, identical at that, was born with cerebral palsy having both physical and mental handicaps. Only eight minutes apart.  

For many years I had a touch of survivors guilt, many said during that time I held myself back to mitigate the differences between my brother and I.  Later in life I blossomed and realized God intended for me to be me. So I did just that. Mother for years thought she caused that but of course she didn’t. To put another perspective on it, some of my family and friends would argue with a smile that I am not totally fine mentally and much slower and weaker physically, and they are probably right.

I know I had always feared having a child for fear it would be handicapped and was afraid to relive any hurt again. A few years after I was married, my wife with the blessings of the Good Lord gave us a beautiful healthy baby girl. When I first held her there was a message in that. Later I realized that as God gave me my child in perfect health and harmony, He also gave the world His child who was also in perfect health and harmony. But He gave His innocent perfect Son to the the world for the ultimate purpose of being slaughtered and tortured like a baby lamb by ruthless people for the whole purpose to shed His Son’s Blood to give the world even those who killed His Son forgiveness of sins and Eternal Life. To help put us all back with a sense of peace, He resurrected His Son Jesus back to life and glory and brought Him back home to Heaven. I realized for the first time, there is no way I could freely and willingly offer my child to the world, but our Heavenly Father did. The ultimate storm of life came in the life of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but God turned the storm into calm, newness of Life and Heaven. 

Jesus made us to be us, not someone else, but to be new in Him, and to walk with Him and Him in us.  Jesus has always been there for and in us, through every struggle, every pain, every tear, good and bad, every storm, to say “Don’t be Afraid, Put your Trust in Me”.  He still walks on Water, not just in Peter’s time, but today even now. Let us say as the Disciples did that day in the boat with Jesus, “Truly He is the Son of God”. When we hurt, let Jesus, when we cry realize He has cried too, when we are speechless let Him speak, when we are helpless it’s ok, He helps and comforts. It’s ok to cry just do it with Jesus, it’s ok to hurt, just let Jesus comfort, it’s ok to be confused, just know Jesus has the answers, we don’t need to know sometimes, just Know Him. And no matter the circumstances or any doubt or concern, His Grace is greater than we can imagine, see the Cross, see His tears even when His friend died. Yes Jesus wept even when He knew He would raise His friend Lazarus to life again. After all, we are Jesus friend too. He still walks on Water and calms the sea.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father,

The Great God and Power and Love of Everything and Everyone Who is always there and has always been and will always be. Forgive us, mend our hearts, bring Your Peace, Walk with us upon calm and dangerous waters, calm and turbulent storms, once again in our lives, tell us and our problems, hurts and pain, “Peace be Still”. Hold our hands and take us in Your Arms like a Shepherd holds His Sheep, give us what we need, sometimes we don’t know what to say or what to feel, but You do, Teach us, Comfort us, show us Loving Kindness. “Walk on Water” with Us, we need You and Desire You.

Thank You for your many blessings great and small, especially The Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us know there are Good Waves of Life beyond the present Sea, turn our hurt into joy and may mercy and grace come even now, tomorrow and evermore.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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