An Invitation from Jesus  

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

I had a great time going up to visit my daughter Elise and my mother in Fairport Harbor, Ohio this month. While I was there, I did walk down to the beach a couple of times a day. There was a LOT of activity there during the week of Independence Day. I love the beach and the lake. There were lots of sailboats, pleasure boats, jet skis, people swimming and folks on paddle boards skimming across the water. To me it was fascinating to watch. It reminded me of Peter wanting to go to Jesus on top of the water. Yes. He got out of the boat and he WALKED on the water. 

I’ve thought some about this the past few weeks. There is a sense of joy while on vacation. It is a kind of break away where normal concerns leave the thought process for a while. But these past weeks as I have returned, so have the wind and the waves. There have been multiple reports of terrorism, racial tension, political tension . . . sometimes it is easy to feel like we are sinking. 

It is important to keep immersed in the Word of God. It helps to keep our focus off of the emotional response to these things and circumstances of the world. We can see Jesus. We can hear words of our LORD’s comfort. We see grace and mercy. I don’t know about you, but I need these things. When I am filled up with the things of God, I am able to rejoice and be glad. I sense that life is good. 

Jesus invites us to himself. I am so glad that He cares for you and me in a way that always reaches out to us just as He did Peter. 

God be praised! 

Pastor Tommy

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