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  • Bob Burk

Lent Day 24

Scripture: Mark 6:47-56

47  Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.  48  He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,  49  but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out,  50  because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  51  Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,  52  for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

53  When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.  54  As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.  55  They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.  56  And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Today's Meditation: 

In today’s reading, we meet the disciples during a time of difficulty, facing the wind and waves on the lake, as we face storms in our own lives. Although Jesus was nearby and saw their struggle, he didn’t immediately intervene. He chose to reach them in a way that fit within his plan, to help them fully see him, build their faith, and soften their hearts. We must keep this in mind as we face our own struggles. It is natural to get frustrated or despair when we pray and don’t immediately see a resolution. We must breathe and have faith that God’s plan will be revealed, and we will find our way through, although in his way and in his time.


Heavenly Father, thank you for your comfort and guidance through the storms of our lives. Help us to find calm as we trust in your love, and ultimate plan for us, even when it doesn’t make sense. May our worries be eased by having faith that through our relationship with you, we will find our way. Amen.

Courtney Jones


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