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Chaplaincy

Monday, Third Week of Advent

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."  "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."  "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
—Matthew 14:25-31

O God Thy Sea is So Great…
and My Boat Is So Small

“You just gotta get out of the boat,” my friend said to me recently.  I am considering a big change and feeling anxiety and trepidation.  Like the disciples on that night, I want to huddle where it feels safe and familiar. But Jesus is asking me to step out of the boat in faith with Him.  As long as I stay focused on Him, I will be all right.  If, however, I allow myself to get distracted by the “winds of change” and take my focus off of Him, I shall surely sink in my fears and worries.   How do I stay focused on Jesus?  By serving others and, lucky me, the good Lord has provided many opportunities to do just that.  How blessed I am, then, this Christmas to have such gifts - faith, hope and love!

I pray that you may also have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dana Hubbard,
Hamilton Employee Alum