Tuesday 19th March 2019

Mark 4:40 Have you no faith?

When the disciples were caught in the storm with Jesus out on the sea,
and he asked them what they were afraid of,
he immediately followed it with another question: Have you no faith?
With this question he reminded them of how they should confront fear –
with faith, with trust, with knowledge that they are not alone.
Our fears isolate us, they make us feel we are alone and inadequate,
fear can restrict our lives, our hopes and dreams.
With his follow up question Jesus was challenging his disciples
to use their faith and trust in God to help them face their fear.
Fear makes us feel small and defenceless, we feel we will be swamped.
Trust helps us to slowly come to the realisation that we are not alone;
that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9),
and that we have inner resources we did not realise that we have.
We all have our fears; at times they threaten to overwhelm us,
but we also have an inner strength, and God will never leave us.

The Way it is by William Stafford
There is a thread that you follow. It goes among
Things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
Or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop times unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.