Safely Through

Friday, October 22, 2010

If you have ever faced a time of uncertainty, consider this from the Episcopal Church's devotional book,
Forward Day by Day, for Friday, October 15th:

Luke 9:28-36. A cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.

An English writer tells how a wise priest who was a friend of his did an inestimable service for him and his wife many years ago when they were married. This priest could not attend the wedding, so he sent a note of felicitation. In it he didn’t say the usual things in the usual way; he simply quoted this verse from the Gospel of Luke: “they were terrified as they entered the cloud.” Perplexed, the young couple looked it up and found the Transfiguration story. They noted that the three disciples trembled as they entered the cloud of the unknown. Yet they cared to enter it, for Jesus their friend and guide was with them.

Surely it is a golden text for any Christian entering the cloud of marriage or any other venture into the future. How can we know what awaits us in that thick cloud? Of course we cannot. But even though we tremble, we can dare to face the future, and to walk into it, if we know that Christ is with us. Whatever awaits us, God will see us safely through. (1957)

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. —John Henry Newman

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  1. Thank you for this post, it is particularly timely for me. I'm contemplating making a tremendous leap of faith and life changing decisions. This helped me remember that no matter how scary it might be for me I have to trust in the plan and have faith because 'my rock and redeemer' is walking beside me and guiding me towards my life's purpose.