Peace Be Still – Emilio Chaviano

Hello friends,
 
Stormy weather can come our way rather unexpectedly. People here in South Florida still talk about hurricane Andrew and the devastation left behind its wake back in 1992. This Category 5 hurricane left indelible marks in the lives of many. I do not mean to diminish the importance of weather events such as  Andrew, but most people face emotional and spiritual storms in their lives that can totally alter the course of our lives. These storms come in a multitude of ways. The death of a loved one, a terminal diagnosis, divorce, and loss of employment are just some of the ones that come to mind. As you read these words I am sure you’ll be adding to the list from your own experiences.  In the gospel of Mark (Mk 4:35-41) Jesus teaches his disciples how to face the destructive power of storms.  In this passage of scripture the Lord speaks those words to the wind. Yes, they were intended to calm the weather storm, but also to calm the fear lurking deep inside Peter, John and the rest of these rugged men. In the face of deeply troubling life events we need to drop the anchor of faith. It is not by accident that in ancient times the anchor became the symbol used to represent faith. Even the largest ships have anchors that can be deployed to hold the vessel in place. Don’t sail another day without the benefit of having the anchor of faith close by. If you are not sure how to find it, deploy it and benefit from real faith, then seek assistance. Sooner or later the winds will blow again and we want to be ready.
 
 Peace! Be still!»

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