The U.S. Navy ordered ships to leave Norfolk and other Virginia ports before the landfall of Hurricane Irene, saying ships at sea can weather storms better than ships in port. Having survived several hurricanes on land with great apprehension, I must admit that being on a ship at sea isn’t my idea of a safe place to weather a hurricane. But what about that first-century storm where Jesus and His disciples were endangered in a small boat? “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm,” (Mark 4:36-39, Holy Bible, King James Version). No matter how rough the storm, Jesus is there when you need him.
    Prayer: Lord, no matter what storms I face, I trust You to take care of me. Amen.
    Devotion by Violet Carr Moore
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“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” Psalm 107:29

I recently heard a beautiful gospel song entitled “The God of the Storm.” I can’t remember all the words but some of them were, “troubled waters of danger set a stage for His feet, I’m peaceful in the midst of danger and harm, beneath the safe cover of the God of the storms.”
I was reading the story in Mark about Jesus telling His disciples that they were going to the other side of the lake. When the storm arose, He was asleep in the back of the ship, but the disciples were afraid and woke Him, asking Him if He did not care. He asked them why they did not have faith, and He stilled the storm. They should have realized that with Him in the boat they had nothing to fear.
Another line from that song says, “when the winds of confusion have gone on all night long, take shelter and rest with the God of the storm.
I am so thankful I know the God of the storm, and that He is always there.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you are the God of the storm, you are always in control, and when we call out to you, you bring peace.
Devotion by Anne Johnston

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