Arbor Grove Congregational Church
August 2020

Facing the Storm

For the past few months, a scripture continues to float through my mind, sort of like that tune that you can’t get out of your head. It is the story of Jesus and his disciples in the boat at night on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is asleep in the boat when a windstorm swept down onto the sea and the waves were crashing over the side of the boat. The disciples were afraid the boat would sink, and they would drown. They woke Jesus and he rebuked the wind and commanded the sea to be calm, and it was so. Those with him wondered, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 8:41)
In 2015 American Christian musician, Ryan Stevenson, wrote and recorded a song titled “Eye of the Storm” This song has a strong message that touched my soul. Here are the opening words to his song.

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control.
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul.
You alone are the anchor when my sails are torn.
our love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm.

The past many months we have been dealing with a storm that has impacted the entire world. We are riding out the storm, riding the waves as they rise and subside, and rise again. Our boat may seem small and we may question if it is sturdy enough to withstand the storm. As the words in the song state, “In the eye of the storm, You remain in control. Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm.” I pray we are all in the eye of the storm. There is no assure there isn’t more storm to face later, but we can be assured we are not alone. Our Lord is with us always. Knowing he calmed the storm for his disciples, he will calm the storm for us, his followers. We each do our part to protect ourselves and each other and limit our exposure to public places. That is the best way to ride out this storm.
We awake each morning, a new beginning for each of us. We get to decide how we will face this day. We can rebuke the wind and command the sea to be calm. We determine if our day will be spent in the eye of the storm or if we will be battling the winds and sea hoping our boat doesn’t sink. Who commands your boat? I share my boat with the Lord, and we can and will bring any storm to the calm and serenity found in the eye of the storm. We can face our daily challenges, knowing our Lord is with us always, believing we never walk alone. Which reminds me of the words from another song titled, "You'll Never Walk Alone".









I will end with these words from Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Respectfully,
Pastor Jerry
Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824
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When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm, there's a golden sky and the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and      you'll never walk alone.