devotion #2 on 5-15-14

OK, the first one was all about yesterday – now I must tell you about today, which was incredible as well! We started our day on boats on the Sea of Galilee – imagine Jesus out there with the fishermen, on the sea, that very sea. There are 300 of us here, Florida Methodists and guests. That was about 6 boats; the boats all came together in the middle of the Sea of Galilee and tied together – something like what is called a raft-up in the Keys – and the Bishop spoke from one of the boats, talked about Jesus calming the storm.

Luke 8:22-25

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they put out, 23and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A gale swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. 24They went to him and woke him up, shouting, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. 25He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?’

Bishop Carter pointed out that we need to be in the boat where Jesus is! But that we also need to get out – go to the other side – now and then, not stay too comfy in our routines. The passage following that is about Jesus healing the demoniac after he crossed the sea. This was a man who had been shut away by society in his time – but Jesus healed him and he sat at Jesus’ feet. Again, the question – who are we failing? Who are we not ministering to? Where do we need to go to meet those persons?

We also came to the Jordan river today; some of us changed into swim suits, donning white "robes" over them, and were immersed in the Jordan river, to remember our baptism. Bishop Carter himself dunked me, Marianne, Elaine, and Anne. Sorry, no photos of the actual event – kind of hard to get dunked and hold a camera! But photos attached of the Bishop speaking from a rock to the group and of me dripping wet!

There is so much more I would like to say – I think everyone has been blessed today! And everyone is also exhausted! Good night, and God bless!

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