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The Perfect Storm - week 2

09.18.17 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

The Perfect Storm - week 2

    Thoughts about Perfect Storms of life...

    The unexpected and unwanted storms of life can catch us off guard and can deplete us of life. Many of us  struggle while in the middle of that storm with God and the place of faith.

    Many godly Christians have wrestled with doubt also. 

    C.S. Lewis, author of "Narnia" and "The Screwtape Letters" struggled with deep spiritual doubt and trusting God's love when his wife, Joy, passed away from cancer. 

    Mother Theresa occasionally battled doubt and wrote raw, honest thoughts about it in her journal.

    Martin Luther sometimes had doubts about God's character. In a sermon titled "The Minister's Fainting Fits" he wrote, "The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy."

    And even John Calvini once said "Surely, while we teach that faith ought to be certain and assured, we cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety."

     So to have doubts is very human but what is divine...even when we are not holding on tightly to God, He is holding on to us.

    "He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."     Deuteronomy 31:8

    Grace and Peace,


    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC

    "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."   I Thessalonians  5:16-18