be a Savior to us

Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee / Rembrandt / Wikimedia Commons

O Lord, once the blind man called out to you repeatedly on the Jericho road:
    “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.”
And the mother of the Syrophoenician girl who was opposed by evil
    never ceased following you and crying out: “Lord, be my help.”
When the mother-in-law of Peter lay sick, you touched her hand and raised her up.
Your apostles taught us that in the days of your flesh even you yourself
    prayed to the Father with sighs and tears that he might deliver you.

Despondency of heart and soul has overwhelmed us, Lord.
We are cast about like little ships on the sea of the troubles and sorrows of this life.
We call to you, our constant hope and strong defense:
    be a Savior to us who are brought low
    and strengthen us once more by your presence and your grace.
Calm the troubled seas as once you brought hope and consolation to your disciples,
    paralyzed by fear upon the Sea of Galilee.
Give us courage and renew the springs of joy in our heart
    that we live and praise you in gladness and freedom of soul:
for you are a loving and merciful God, and to you we give glory:
to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

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