Mark 4:35-41  

The well known and somewhat clichéd Vivien Greene quotation, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass . . . it’s about learning to dance in the rain”, came to mind when I was reflecting on the gospel for this Sunday.  I’m sure all of us have felt overwhelmed and despondent by things beyond our control.  I recall standing at my bedroom window looking over to the Welsh hills when Covid lock down began and a massive wave of fear and panic overcame me as I imagined the worst case scenarios of vulnerable family and friends not making it.  It was a sung version of  “I Arise Today”  (also called The Deer’s Cry or St Patrick’s Breastplate) that calmed me and as I let the music and the prayer wash over me, I trusted in those words.  I felt an overwhelming sense of peace as the fear subsided and, eventually, I was even able to dance in the rain that followed the storm.  This chant was my anchor during those uncertain times and still is today.   What is the anchor that secures you in your storms?

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