Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:47-48)
Lord, many of us are weary with straining at the oars, for the wind is against us. Do not pass us by.
Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior Hymn (with lyrics) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc7erDz5KSU&feature=related
And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50)
Holy Spirit, please help us hear the words that Jesus is speaking to us. Help us recognize him for who he is and set aside our fears.
Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. (Mark 6:51)
Jesus, please come and be with us and help us know the calm that comes from your presence. Thank you.
For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:52)
Father, soften our hearts — give us understanding and wisdom. Open your word to us and direct our feet into your path. Thank you.
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23
Notes from the Front Line
Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.
***** The doctor is please with Bishop Dan’s eye!