Storms

Our Gospel lesson for this Sunday is from Mark, chapter 4:

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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For people in Blooming Prairie and the surrounding area, conversation about storms is on our lips today.  After severe weather last night, and a tragic accident on Monday, many are at this very moment trying desperately to make sense of the fragility of life.

The lesson above, which will be read in worship on Sunday morning, raises the same question that many feel while in the midst of disaster:  “Do you not care that we are perishing?”  Human vulnerability turns even the most stoic person into a questioner.

Notice, however, Jesus also asks a question, which prompts the disciples to ask yet a different question by the end of the story.  Questions can be the path to deeper relationship…yes, even the questions that don’t get answered. 

Who is this?  How can this be?

Teaching Jesus, sometimes the “answer” is not a fact, but a relationship.  Help us to trust you enough to raise the questions.  Amen.

Eric Johnson, Austin Daily Herald via AP

Eric Johnson, Austin Daily Herald via AP

For some more pictures of the tornado, go to:  http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-274369#

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