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Meditation: for the stormy times.

In 1944, Ella Fitzgerald and the Inkspots recorded a song called, ‘Into each life, some rain must fall’. The first verse goes like this,

 

Into each life some rain must fall
But too much is falling in mine
Into each heart some tears must fall
But some day the sun will shine
Some folks can lose the blues in their hearts
But when I think of you another shower starts
Into each life some rain must fall
But too much is falling in mine

 

I guess we all know how Ella felt. Sometimes our lives have more than just ‘some rain’ falling. At times it feels like a storm. If that is how you are feeling at present, then this meditation is for you.

Find yourself in a quiet and comfortable place. 

Become aware of the storms brewing or breaking at this time. Don’t allow yourself to get too caught up in them. However, become aware of how these storms ‘rock the boat’ so to speak.

Breathe deeply and, as you do, allow yourself to let go of everything except a call to God for help in these stormy times.

Continue to breathe deeply and allow stillness and silence to be the waves that wash over you. In this silence become aware or tell yourself that God is with you and all will be well. You could hear the challenging words that Jesus spoke to his followers when they were caught in a storm and became afraid. He asked them, ‘why are you afraid?’ You could also hear his call for us to have faith that the boat will be steadied and that the storms will pass.

Breathe deeply repeating the words of Jesus, ‘why are you afraid?’ followed by one of his favourite sayings, ‘be not afraid’.

Allow your in breath to be, ‘why are you afraid?’

Allow your out breath to be, ‘be not afraid’.

 

Find a rhythm of breathing and praying with these words.  After a while, allow the words to go and simply breathe. Stay with your breath until you feel a sense of calm wash over you.

 

Finish by reading these words from Matthew’s Gospel:

Matthew 8:23-27: Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went to him and woke him saying, ‘Save us, Lord, we are going down!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?’ And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again. The men were astounded and said, ‘Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.’

3 Comments

  • Theresa

    Five years of very stormy weather and it continues. I wonder how Many pieces our hearts can break into ? The storm will eventually pass what devastation is it going to leave in its path. I watch others step out of the storms. I think I walk into them yet it feels the right thing to do. Usually the outcome is inevitable yet I have to face them. WHY ? Not a question for you Jim. One I don’t understand.

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