Storms can be scary, can’t they? They bring with them this feeling — and sometimes rightly so — that everything is beyond our control. We don’t know what will happen next — or how we will handle it. Sometimes we don’t even know if we will survive.
We hope you’ll join us for this 7-week fall worship series, Facing Life’s Storms. In this series we’ll look at the kinds of life storms we all face, and we’ll consider those in relationship to our faith and what our faith has to say about weathering those difficult times.
We’ll begin this series on September 8 with “Preparing for Life’s Storms,” in which Jesus presents an overriding image during his Sermon on the Mount about the kind of foundation upon which we must build our lives. Jesus uses the image of storms beating against a house to raise the question, “How do we prepare for life storms?”
Then we’ll examine, week by week, a few specifics. We’ll look at some of the storms of life that threaten to turn our lives upside down:
GUILT: “When Guilt Has You Paralyzed” September 15
EXHAUSTION: “When You’re Worn Out!” September 22
GRIEF: “When Someone You Love Dies” September 29
UNCERTAINTY: “When You’re Faced With Change” October 6
WORRY: “When You’re Worried Sick” October 13
We’ll end this series on October 20 with “A Center of Calm in the Storm,” centered on the story of Jesus and his disciples during a storm on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll examine this story closely to consider the depth of its metaphor — and its timeless and universal reminder that we don’t face our life’s storms alone.
Sure, storms are terrifying. All of the emotions that go along with literal and metaphorical storms are normal and valid. But that’s not all there is. The storms that life inevitably brings all have something else in common: a calm center within them, an assurance of ultimate safety, and the certainty that no matter how wildly these storms rage, God is right there with us.
So how can we cope with life’s storms in a way that gets us through? How can we find our footing, remain calm, take shelter, and feel safe when one of these inevitable storms surrounds and threatens to capsize us? How can we feel safe, no matter what comes?
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster