“Lord, save me!”

(Photo taken near St. Augustine, FL.)

(Photo taken near St. Augustine, FL.)

Peter has left the boat – he has stepped out on faith to go to Jesus. But then, halfway there, he begins to sink even as the waves begin to rise. He is powerless to do anything about it. He is terrified and shouts: ‘Lord, save me!’

Even in his weakness, this Peter is amazing, courageous. He shows us what it looks like to follow Christ, to be obedient. Somehow we muster the courage to do what we discern God is asking of us. But invariably we will come to a place where we are face-to-face with our utter powerlessness.

It is easy to lose heart when we are halfway there:

“Did I do the right thing to leave that abusive relationship?”

“Will I be able to face life without alcohol?”

“Will my family ever be able to forgive me?”

Even Jesus’ disciples and closest friends found themselves sinking in the mire more than once.

But they discovered what each of us longs to know: we need not fear.

The mercy of God and the truth of our lives have met.

The One who created everything that is holds us gently and tenderly.

Our desperate cry “Save me!” is never lost. It reverberates in the very heart of God.

About Mother Beth Tjoflat

Episcopal priest, urban contemplative, playwright, lover of hounds, American of Chilean-Norwegian-Moravian descent. Interests include transformational ministry with the forgotten and marginalized; church planting and congregational development; 12-step spirituality; Hispanic ministry; radical hospitality, and spending time with dear friends.
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