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26: Storms of Life

Mental health is a hot topic in today’s climate. Did you know that recent estimates from the suicide hotline suggest that 1 out of 4 people under the age of 30 have contemplated suicide in the COVID crisis. I don’t blame them and wouldn’t be surprised if this was actually higher. However, just because our daily life has been disrupted doesn’t mean that we need to end our life. A smooth sea never makes a skilled sailor. I like to think about today’s situation and compare it to the storm on the sea of Galilee. The disciples are afraid, full of doubt and anger, they are sailing into the unknown and not sure what is going to happen while Christ is asleep on the boat. They wake him in the midst of the storm and they ask him to save them. Like Christ always does, he says oh ye of little faith, why did you doubt me, and calms the storms. The truth is, storms come in all shapes and sizes and they will always challenge you in your life. Whether it be the storm of silence in a calm sea or the waves of a Cat 5 hurricane, they will happen. The question is, how do you choose to engage the storm? How do you calm the storm?