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Lent ……. Day Twenty-Three

Lent ……. Day Twenty-Three

Hang in there people!!!!

“The beautiful day of my wedding (commitment to Carmel) finally arrived; without a single cloud; however, the preceding evening a storm arose within my soul the like of which I’d never seen before.” (Story of a Soul, 166)
St. Therese of Lisieux

Jesus lays asleep in the boat.    Wind and rain are causing some massive waves in the sea.  The apostles are running about the deck tieing everything down and trying to prepare for that next big wave.  Jesus lays asleep in the boat.   The wind picks up and the rain falls even harder on them, the sky turns completely dark and those on deck can not see even an outline of the next wave that comes crashing overboard again and again.  Finally  a group of them awake Jesus.  (think of how you feel after a nice deep sleep!)  Jesus awakes and rebukes the sea , wind and rain.    Then He turns to His disciples “Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith?”

I don’t recall any other time we are told that Jesus was sleeping.   He prayed an awful lot, but sleep?   Here He is teaching us a lesson of faith.   How even in the most turbulent times and trials, when we think God is doing nothing for us, He is there – have faith.   When we feel under water and everything is crashing upon us,  have faith – God is there.     Why are we more apt to pray in times of trouble?  Maybe is because we think God is asleep and we need to wake Him up with our prayers!   But God never left, He is always with us, He is always there.  Have Faith and do not be afraid!

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