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Being there

From the September 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Have you ever felt stuck? Most of us have at some point. I’d like to share some ideas that helped me pray through some rough patches when I couldn’t see a way out.

The Gospels tell about Christ Jesus walking on the water. He did this after feeding the five thousand and then withdrawing to a mountain area to pray. Meanwhile, his disciples had gotten into a ship and were rowing on the Galilean Sea toward Capernaum. A storm kicked up. As the story goes, after they traveled about three to four miles, the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the sea and were frightened. Jesus said, “It is I; be not afraid” (John 6:20). He joined them in their boat, and the wind ceased. It was a huge relief, I’m sure, to be with him again. 

You can read this account in the books of Matthew, Mark, and John in the Bible, but only John records the part after Jesus boards the disciples’ ship in these words: “Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went” (John 6:21, emphasis added).

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