By the weather forecast these days, it seems like we are roasting in the fires of Hell — or is it just June in the Southwestern Desert? We find ourselves under a Heat Warning issued by the Weather Service. Air conditioners are working overtime to keep us comfortable in the middle of June. And we are grateful for that comfort. I can’t image what life was like in Phoenix before the days of central air conditioning.
Sometimes being uncomfortable gives us that push to overcome adversity, to grow beyond who we are now – to become a better servant, and a better Christian. I grew up in a generation that was afraid to make mistakes. I am often afraid to try something new as I get wrapped in my self-talk and fear of failure. Out of some of my worst failures have come some of my biggest growing spurts.
In this week’s Gospel lesson from Mark, we read the story of Jesus calming the storm when they were in the boat crossing to the other side. Jesus asks them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Most often, I feel like one of the disciples, wanting to trust yet hesitant. It takes fortitude to trust completely in faith. Time after time, hindsight has proven to me that I have been amply provided for, beyond what I could have asked or imagined. Perhaps I am not alone in this?
This Sunday, while our rector is enjoying some well-deserved time off, we welcome back The Very Rev. Rebecca McClain as our celebrant and preacher. She is a wonderful priest and dedicated friend to Christ Church of the Ascension, and served here as an associate rector several years ago. She is an inspiration to me and a mentor to Daniel. Please help me welcome back our good and faithful friend.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Deacon Jean Hawkins
Christ Church of the Ascension