O God our Defender,

Storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid: rescue your people from despair,

Deliver your sons and daughters from fear; speak your word to the storms of doubt and fear that assail our troubled world. Set within us a love for your creation and for all your people and help us to care for this fragile world.

Through Jesus Christ our Rescuer who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

A few days ago, scrolling through social media, I came across a note from a very good friend of mine. She knew I was struggling to manage my time, and reminded me of one of our favourite songs, as teenagers in Fiji:

But storms never last do they babe. Bad times all pass with the wind. Your hand in mine stills the thunder. And you make the sun wanna shine. (By Dr Hook.)

This led me to look at this week’s theme “God Our Rescuer Through our Storms.” Yes, He takes our hands and leads us through the storms in our lives: ill health, marriage breakdowns, financial challenges. Yes, He stills the thunders of our emotional vulnerability. And yes; the down times we find ourselves in when the going gets tough all pass us by with God on our side!

Jesus in the boat on that day 2000 years ago, slept restfully while his disciples panicked and stressed. But He calmed their fears by calming the storm on that lake known for its inclement weather. In that “bowl” between mountains, Jesus was in control.

Let our faith allow Jesus to take complete control of our lives as we journey together. What a privilege it is for us to have Him as our Defender; but we need to BELIEVE and that, we can do together as the parish family of St Aug’s.

Let’s go back to Dr Hooks song, and in it, see Jesus’ promise. It may have been penned as a pop song back in the late 70’s, but in this upside down world of the 21st century, the theology within it is amazing!

Grace & Peace Your friend and Vicar, Kofe