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Today’s readings: Hosea 13:4–8; Acts 27:27–44; Luke 9:18–27

A man drives to work at 6:30AM, as he has for eight years. He punches his time-card and is soon confronted by his supervisor. John is berated and humiliated as he has been repeatedly over the years for minor things. This time he quits. Storms!

A strong thunderstorm sweeps through the area and destroys a farmer’s crops and barns. He is already deep in debt. Storms!

A widow faces an empty house and bed for the first time in 40 years, Storms!

Storms come in many fashions and many ways. St. Paul was literally in a storm, as recorded in Acts 27. In the midst of being transported to Rome, where he will eventually be killed, a huge storm arose. Paul brought calm and reason in the midst of the storm.

These hymn words seem so appropriate:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Prayer: Lord, help us lean into your strength regardless of the storms around us. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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Tomorrow’s readings: Hosea 13:6–16; Acts 28:1–16; Luke 9:28–36

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