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God Will Be With Us Through the Storms          January 2, 2014

Dear friends,

What do you do when your plans are dashed by circumstances you can't control?  
That is a question that we don't like to think about.  We like to believe that we can
do anything.  We like to think that we are in charge and nothing can supersede our
ability to accomplish our goals and realize our dreams.

This week's massive snow storm was a case in point.  There is nothing you can do
to stop a storm from coming.  Just ask my daughter Rachel.  She had big plans and
they were all being threatened by the weather.  She prayed it would go out to sea
and miss us because it threatened to undo everything she had organized.

Her boyfriend was coming in from Iowa and she had something special planned for
each day of his visit.  The highlight was a trip into New York City on Thursday
night to watch the New York Islanders take on the Chicago Black Hawks.  A lot
was on the line for her.

I have always tried to help my kids.  As much as I wanted to do something, the
scope of this storm was beyond my ability to pull any strings or make something
happen.  The only thing we could do was ride it out together.  It reminded me of
another storm that came to a friend of mine nearly fifteen years ago.

Malcolm played on our church softball team.  It was a beautiful day and we were
having fun playing ball.  A ball was hit deep to the outfield and the runner raced
around the bases and headed for home.  The ball came in and Malcolm tried to
apply the tag at the plate and there was a collision.

Malcolm went down and he didn't get up.  I will never forget how helpless I felt in
those few minutes as we waited for the ambulance.  That's when I knelt down and
prayed with him and the team.  That' the only thing I could do and I later realized it
was the best thing I could have done.

Over the years I have realized that you can't always stop the storms from coming.  
Yet in the midst of the storm you can invite God in to watch and wait until it
passes.  He was there for Malcolm that day.  Malcolm went through a lot but he
knew that it was God who got him on his feet again.  The truth is that God will be
there for you and me as well.

The scriptures say that whenever we call on the name of the Lord, He will be
present.  That is a good thing to know as we enter a new year.  No one knows what
storms will come but we know the One who promises to be there for us as we ride
them out.

God bless. See you in church.  

Cal