Sunday is Coming! Epiphany 5B “Finding Peace”

Mark 1: 29- 39 Epiphany 5B










A few weeks ago I was really struggling.  It felt like all areas of my life were out of place.  My wife and kids were sick, I wasn’t feeling 100%, the house was a mess and I had more than 100 emails to respond too.

I needed to get away for awhile.  I felt the world closing in on me.  I could not stay at home because I was reminded of all that needed to be done at the house.  I could not go to the church because I knew I would get interrupted or have someone add another thing to my already long to do list.

I had to find a place to go and pray.

I got in my car, I turned it on and I sat there.  I did not know where to go!  If I ever have a need to connect with God I would go somewhere by myself in my house or at the church.  So I started to drive.  Eventually I found myself at Dunn Pond, a state park that my family frequents during the summer.  It never crossed my mind to go there in the winter.

I got out of my car and I went to the water.  I took a deep breath and I let the spirit encompass my entire being.  Then I prayed.

There is something about the water that brought me life.  I felt a connection in that moment that carried me the rest of the week.

My problems did not go away but God gave me the strength to continue and I knew that God was with me.

Do you have a place that you can go to reconnect with God?

What are some of the ways that you deal with stress in your life?

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