Pondering for Friday, June 5, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Friday of Proper 4: Year 2

Psalm 40, 54; Psalm 51; Eccles. 5:1-7; Gal. 3:15-22; Matt. 14:22-36

“But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  (Matthew 14: 30)

In the midst of danger don’t take your eyes off the Savior.  This message is especially important now as we are facing so much racial unrest and tension due to the death of George Floyd, an African American, at the hands of a European American police officer. This is compounded in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.

We have gotten to a sad place where we actually want to look at the news and social media only to cringe in fear.  Like Peter we move our eyes off of our Lord Jesus, who invites us out to walk with him in love, and we stare into the destructive winds of hate and evil rioting in the midst of the pandemic. And we too cry out, “Lord, save me!” And he does. The ones who call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.

When we take our focus off of our Lord Jesus we set ourselves up for fear and misunderstanding.  Jesus is all about love.  We are all invited to step out of the boat of fear and hatred. And as long as we maintain our focus on our Lord Jesus, we walk with Him.  But if we turn our attention to worldly fears and concerns we sink into the sludge of sadness and despair.  Therefore, in the midst of danger don’t take your eyes off the Savior.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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