Presence

Take a deep breath, be still, and know a peace beyond understanding.

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Listen to the song of the day “I Will Give You Rest” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Matthew 8:24-25

Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

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Isn’t this how life is sometimes?

A “violent storm” can suddenly hit.

Someone close to you dies.

Someone is badly injured.

Someone is stricken with a serious illness.

You lose your job.

Your wife wants a divorce.

You find out your husband has been cheating on you.

When the storms come, many times we react with great emotion.

Oh God, save me! This is too much to bear!

But, in today’s scripture, note that Jesus was sleeping peacefully midst the storm.

When his followers awaken him, Jesus tells them: “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith? (Matthew 8:26)”

And then there was a great calm.

There is a Great Love that holds us.

We are anchored to this Sacred Unity.

We are one with it.

But the delusion of our separation from this Oneness causes us great pain.

Jesus was always consciously connected to God.

He spent his share of nights in prayer on the mountain where he practiced going to his inner room and closing the door (Matthew 6:6) so he could pray in silence.

Jesus was grounded in this foundation of Love.

That is how he could die on a cross while forgiving those who killed him, and say, “Not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42).”

We all can follow Jesus’ example of praying in his inner room by practicing some form of contemplative prayer.

My preference is Centering Prayer.

The more you do this, the more calm you will experience midst the storms of life and the stronger your connection will be with the Love that grounds all beingness.

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Listen to the song of the day “I Will Give You Rest” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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