“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 6:20

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“It is I. Do not be afraid.”

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– John 6:20 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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Sometimes we find ourselves in worrying and even desperate situations, just like Jesus’ disciples did.

There they were, on their fishing boat right in the middle of Lake Galilee,

darkness had fallen, the sea was becoming very rough and threatening,

and it seemed to them that Jesus had abandoned them.

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But our Lord arrives unexpectedly, walking towards them on the stormy water

and their faith in Him, which was still weak, was strengthened.

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That is how it is with us,

in those bad moments when we feel left alone, deserted, afraid and forgotten,

and fearful of not being able to cope with the storms of our lives.

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But if we trust in the Lord and have faith in Him,

we know that He will come to our aid.

And He always does – He is always there, but we must determinedly look out for Him and listen out for His voice.

When we do so, our perseverance will be rewarded,

and He will calm us down, and we will experience His loving reassurance as we hear Him tell us:

“It is I. Do not be afraid.”

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PRAYER…

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My Lord Jesus,

I pray that, in those moments of anxiety, despair, and helplessness,

I will always call upon Your Holy Name.

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I pray that I will persevere and be strong

in the knowledge that You are omnipresent

and that I am never alone.

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Lord Jesus,

when fear sets in my heart

increase my trust in You

and let my heart hear You reassure me, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

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