“The disciples went and woke Jesus saying, Lord, save us! We’re going to drown.” He replied, you of little faith, why are you so afraid? Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”


  • Matthew 8:25-26


We continue to pray for our friend along the east coast and Newfoundland who have experience the fury of Hurricane Fiona this past weekend. We pray for them as they start the restoration process in communities that have had wide spread devastation and we pray for the first responders and emergency Disaster Services personnel who are on site to offer assistance.


If you have ever been in a situation where nature is unleashing its terrifying power you can understand the fear that had gripped the disciples as the storm came up suddenly and threatened to capsize their boat. It must have been quite a storm because we know these men were no strangers to the storms of the sea and undoubtedly had navigated many a gale but something about this one was different. This one scared the pants off them and while they were frantically trying to navigate the storm and hold their fragile emotions in check…..Jesus was sleeping! Of course, we know the story of how the disciples woke Jesus and as he was wiping the sleep from his eyes asked a question that to the disciples seemed as obvious as the nose on their face…..”why are you so afraid”?


There are a lot of things to be afraid of these days. Random, unpredictable acts of violence, microscopic organisms that shut down the whole world, the loss of what used to be in a pre pandemic world, inflation, and, and……..We can look around the church and feel fear that we will never get back to what we once were. We can be filled with fear over sending our kids to school and we can be fearful of yet another wave of Covid and wonder if God is asleep while the storm rages? But is there anything to fear? Are the complications and concerns of this life outside of the control of the Master of the Sea? If with a word, our Saviour can calm a storm, is there anything he can’t do? Is there any circumstance or situation in your life that he cannot control and is there anything to be afraid of?


In that little book we used to have in our congregations there is a chorus that simple says “He is able, more than able to accomplish what concerns me today.” May you claim that promise as you lay your fears at the foot of the Master today and all of the days to follow.


Have a listen to this song written by Joel Hemphill and be reminded again that whatever this week holds, He holds it in his hands.






Mike Hoeft
Area Commander
Prairie Division