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Something that comforts me (Christian related)

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Ever since the terrorist attacks last week, I've been worried about my family's safety. I worry that once we actually go to war with these terrorists, how can I make sure my children are safe. I have a hard time believing that our enemies will only attack our military. They've already proved that they'll attack innocent civilians. The thought of my children being hurt in this mess has kept me awake lately.

But, I was reading the Gospel of Mark today, and I found something that was so comforting to me. It's the story of how Jesus calmed the storm. Here's the passage:

Mark 4:35-40
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.

He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

This story fits so perfectly into the events that have been happening during the last week. The United States was moving right along, comfortable in its power and safety, riding on calm seas. Suddenly, out of no where, we were attacked and thousands of people die. People are panicked; life will never be the same here in the US. But as Christians, we need to know that Jesus can calm this storm and any other that may come up because of the actions of these terrorists. We need to ask ourselves Jesus' question. Why are we so afraid? Where is our faith? Even if the US is struck again and this time our loved ones, or even ourselves, are killed, we need to have faith! Jesus will save us! He has already saved us when he died for us on the cross. There's no reason to be afraid. We don't need to worry about the safety of our family and children. We can be concerned, but there's no reason for worry. We have the faith! We have eternal life! What a wonderful, wonderful God he is!
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Dawn.....BRAVO!!! You are brave posting your beleifs on this forum these days, and I must say that I admire that!!!!! I agree with you full-heartedly, and I hope noone here has the nerve to flame you for this. What you said was SO true! It gave me a peace in my heart to remember those words from the bible, and to rememebr that out God is still looking out for us, no matter what trouble is befalling us! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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Thank you for sharing that passage from the Bible.
At my work place people are talking of the fear they have. We know God does not give us the spirit of fear but our human emotions sometimes overwhelm us.
What I hold onto and I would like to share with you is in John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
I truly feel this is the time our faith will be tested.
Again, thanks for sharing...

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Dawn, I thought alot today about what you said, and it really filled my heart with peace....I just now copied your post, and pasted it onto an e-mail to send to several people who I thought would like to read it!
Thanks again!
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You're more than welcome, Debby. Share it as much as you like. I know my mother passed it around too.

Loretta - I like that passage too! The Bible is just so full of comforting words. Another passage I find particulary appropriate is Ephesians 6: 12 - 13, 16

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand... (16) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."

Today during my reading time, it seemed that all the passages that God wanted me to see dealt with faith and not being afraid. For instance, another passage that struck me was part of Mark 5:36 "..."Don't be afraid; just believe." My faith is the only way I can deal with this tragedy and with the uncertainty of what my lie ahead.

God bless!
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