Views from the Pews: Finding the calm after the storm

Salvation Army Whitby. Norma Phillips.
Salvation Army Whitby. Norma Phillips.

How often our lives may seem like a rollercoaster, up one minute and down the next.

Pressures of everyday life crushing us from all sides, situations like job loss, bereavement, divorce; all situations causing us unexpected pressures.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army building on St Peters Court
Picture by Neil Silk  124003b
01/10/12

Salvation Army The Salvation Army building on St Peters Court Picture by Neil Silk 124003b 01/10/12

The situation of death has brought so much despair and heartache for many families in and around Whitby area over these past few months.

This was brought home to me recently when a young man was killed in the prime of his life.

The sad news brought so much despair to this young man’s family and also to the community.

Perhaps we are thinking that will never happen to me and my kin, but the truth is none of us is excluded from these situations; we just don’t know what lies around the corner.

Our uncomplicated lives can suddenly change and send us spiralling out of control, everything seems to start going wrong, one setback after the other, pushing us further and further down, numbing our feelings, zapping our strength, pushing our stress limits to the brink of despair.

At times like this faith does not always provide answers to ease the situations, but it does give us a source to hold on to.

It is knowing that God is there for us, to comfort us no matter what we face, nothing will overcome God’s love for each of us even in the midst of our storms. He will remain with us even when the storms subside and calmness returns.

Prayer: Father, when I feel overwhelmed by life’s struggles and have problems keeping my head above the waves, please support me and stay with me until the storm ceases and grant me peace in my life. Amen