May 31, 2012

Prayer: Loving Through the Storm

Here’s a thoughtful prayer inspired by Mark 4:35-41, the account of Jesus calming the storm.  It was written by John van de Laar.

Loving Through the Storm
(inspired by Mark 4:35-41)

The worst storms, Jesus, are the ones caused
by our fear,
when we grow afraid of losing our power,
or we grow suspicious of the power of others,
when we refuse to acknowledge your mysterious authority;

Yet, it's in the storm that we find our capacity to love.
In releasing our weak claim to power
and opening to your reign,
we discover a new way of seeing ourselves -
as called and useful and beloved -
and the other, whoever they may be -
as dignified and precious and beloved.

Here in the storm, Jesus, we need you, and we need each other,
and the love you give us to share,
leads us through sacrifice and self-giving
to peace and calm,
if only we will loose our hold on fear.


— written by John van de Laar.  Posted on his excellent website.