Prayer Requests and Gratitudes

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Never Doubt...

~~~ Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~~~

~~~1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A ~~~ 
~~~Psalm 85 ~~~ Romans 9:1-5 ~~~ Matthew 14:22-33 ~~~

...the LORD said to him (Elijah),
"Go outside and stand on the mountain...
the LORD will be passing by."

Elijah trusted in the Lord, but he was frustrated 
because everywhere he looked the Lord was not there.

Elijah looked for the Lord in the strong 
and heavy wind crushing rocks, but he was not there.

Next the ground began to violently shake 
in an earthquake, but he was not there.

Soon Elijah sees a raging fire nearby,
but he was not there either as he had been for Moses.

Finally it was a tiny whisper that caused Elijah
to come to the entrance of the cave...
this was indeed the Lord, quietly passing by.

The Lord instructed Elijah to stand on the mountain.
Promising there he would see the Lord.

How many times we long to see the Lord, 
but we give up just before he arrives.

When the disciples saw him walking 
on the sea they were terrified. 
"It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear. 

Even though Peter was afraid he quickly hops 
out of the boat heading toward Jesus.

Peter does not hesitate
 until it hits him that he was doing the impossible...
he was literally walking on liquid...water...the sea.

No one can walk on top of water is Jesus who calls you to "Come".

Jesus always invites us to "Come"
toward him. He will never send us away.
He will never scold us for wanting to be with him...
to be in his presence.
There is safety in his presence.
We must approach Jesus with confidence in our hearts.

Never doubt...Jesus 
invites you to be with him.

Never question...Jesus 
completely supports you.

The more often we 
get out of the boat... 
and walk towards Jesus
the deeper and stronger 
our trust in the Lord will become.

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD — for he proclaims peace.

Fear is squelched by trusting
 in the peace of the Lord.

~~~Profound Peace~~~

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