Cathedral News, August 13, 2017


I have spoken before from the pulpit about the fact that I used to listen to a lot of Christian Music, I think I may have even quoted one or two Casting Crowns songs before. So it’s not entirely strange for me to tell you that one of my favorite casting crowns songs was for a little while Voice of Truth. The first stanza of the song focuses on Peter’s decision to join Jesus out on the water. It talks about Peter’s doubts, but it also talks about a Voice of Truth that cuts through those doubts when Peter most needs them to and reminds him not to be afraid.

I think this is a very timely story for us to hear this week. Most of us are either getting ready for school as teachers, getting ready for school as students, or are getting over summertime and ready for the fall in a different way. This is right about the time where it is normal to feel overwhelmed as the reality of the rest of the year shocks us out of “summer mode”.

Sometimes as we roll up our sleeves and get ready for the new challenges in store for us in the coming months, several things may be going through our mind. We may look back longingly on some of the times we had this Summer. We may worry about whether or not we can do it. We may be eager to begin a new year full of challenges. Whatever you are feeling, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Peter could have never walked on those waves without his faith in Jesus, the God man who could calm the storm and insure that he made it safely back to the boat.

The voice of Jesus calls to us even now over the chaos of our own life to remind us to put our trust in him over everything else. The same voice that calmed the storm and mastered the waves offers us respite from the chaos of our own commitment-filled lives. As you get ready for whatever awaits you over the next several months, remember to make time to spend with that voice of truth that validates who you are and invites you into relationship so that you know that you never face any of your challenges alone.

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