Today’s Scriptures add a postscript to my reflection of yesterday when I was searching for a lifeline in the midst of all the pain of the world. Akin to love, or perhaps a by-product of it, is the reality, the necessity, of trust. It shows up in the gospel of the storm at sea (MT 8: 23-27) as Jesus responds to the disciples’ cry to save them with the question, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” They would have done well to remember what was probably one of their childhood “catechism lessons” repeated daily and appearing still as our gospel acclamation today: I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word. (PS 130:5) The conclusion of that same psalm (vs. 13-14) is strong in its confidence that God’s care is with us in all things and will remain – if we choose to remain in God. It is enough for today.
Let all who put their trust in you rejoice, for you take us in and give us shelter in your love. Your name becomes our shielding presence, our sure defense. In you we find our place secure and know your grace as home.