I remember this summer when a preacher said, in that one version of the story, that Jesus didn’t stop the storm, didn’t calm the storm at all, but he was with them in it.

O God, the winds are raging, somehow from multiple directions all at the same time, meanwhile, the sea is threatening to take us over, I can hardly catch my breath, I can’t see through this terrible fog, and the boats we once knew and loved and trusted seem to be breaking apart beneath our feet. Everyone I know is so very afraid. We don’t know what to do. We don’t know where to start. Please, oh please, won’t you come join us. In this broken boat. In the whipping winds. In the shaking and the trembling and the panic.

Come, be here. Come, be with us. Come, please, and be with us in this. AMEN


The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book and blogs (kinda) at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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