Take Heart, It Is I; Do Not Be Afraid

This meditation is based on a passage for June 4, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Matthew 14:22-36

Reflection and Question: What is most important to me in this passage is the way Jesus continues to reassure us in the midst of life’s inevitable contrary winds and rough waters with the words, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” This gives me strength and courage just as it did for Peter, who is so endearing because he falters after his initial enthusiasm, just as I so often do as well. I can trust Jesus’ hand offered to lift me up and the eventual ceasing of the winds against me. From start to finish, I need not be afraid. When have you sunk like Peter and how did Jesus reach His hand to you then?

Prayer: Eternal God of all creation, You have made our lives to be like a boat on mighty waters which are far beyond our control. Thank You for Jesus’ assurance that we need not be afraid in times of trouble. Sustain our trust in His guiding hand. Amen.