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Matthew 14:22-33

 

 

2 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

   29 “Come,” he said.

   Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

 

Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

 

Is that you out there Jesus

out there on the waters

on the storm

Is that you Jesus?

 

We like here in the boat

We feel safe 

comfortable 

secure here

 

It looks dangerous out there

How can we just leave the boat

and just go walking out on the sea

 

How do we know where to step 

stand 

stop

 

What if we sink 

go under 

submerge

Will you be there to rescue us?

 

“Come,” he said.

 

You want us to ignore the waves lapping at our feet

wind blowing in our face 

the gathering storm clouds

 

Why can’t we just stay in the boat

We’re better off right where we are

We’re sailors not water walkers

 

You want us to leave the boat 

walk out where you are 

pretend that we can defy gravity and the sea

 

Why should we risk our lives

get out of the boat

walk on the water like you?

 

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

Forgive us Jesus

 

Forgive us that we are afraid

Forgive us that we fear drowning

more than following you

 

Forgive us that we were scared to walk on the water 

follow you into the waves and wind 

storms and seas

 

Forgive us that we doubted that you would

catch us if we fell 

stand beside as we shiver

 

“Come,” he said.

 

Here we come Lord

Here we come out on the sea

Here we come into the storm

Here we come Lord

 

Amen.

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