“When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.”
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It’s been an unusual summer in St. Louis. Instead of hot, sunny, steamy days relieved only by shaved ice or treats from Ted Drewes, we’ve had seemingly endless cloudy days, cool temperatures and lots of rain.
Life goes on, but there’s a damper on activities, a longing for the sunshine that brightens and cheers.
Cloudy days are nothing compared to the raging storm that St. Paul and his travel companions experienced en route to Rome. The storm was so bad that they had given up all hope of being saved.
There are some folks I know that are experiencing personal storms of their own right now–sickness and disease batter their mortal frames and yet…they confess victory in Jesus Christ their Lord. They are trusting in His unfailing love to gird them up and help them through each day.
They know the storm cannot rob them of their most precious asset–their faith!
Martin Luther speaks of such faith–
“Is not faith, which can hold its own against such mighty enemies and attain the victory, an almighty, unspeakable grand matter? Therefore, St. John well says 1 John 5:4 “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Lord God, when all seems hopeless; when days and nights are filled with pain; when the storms of life rage and beat against us, make our faith strong and be our strength for us. May we remember the victory of Christ’s Cross over sin, death and the evil one–of His glorious Resurrection! To Him who reigns in Heaven above, yet knows our daily battles be all glory, honor and praise! In His dear name we pray, Amen.