Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
From The Rector

The Rev.
Tim Backus

Jesus stills the storm

During times like these, it can be difficult to think about anything else besides disaster especially before a major storm. Peace may be the furthest thing from our mind... On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has and continues to move across the Caribbean towards Florida and the East Coast of the United States. While the pathway towards Pensacola remains unknown, there are several things that are known. 

People can be scared. People may be unsure of what to do. People may be frantically rushing around to grab last minute supplies and tend to their homes to prepare for what may come. For any of us who have experienced a hurricane like Ivan, memories and experiences attached with the past return to the forefront of our minds. Many of us have friends and family members scattered throughout Florida in cities and areas that are likely to sustain heavy damage in the days to come. So, again; peace may be the furthest thing from our mind... 

However, even in the midst of such chaos, as difficult and as ludicrous as this may sound, peace is one of the few things we can turn to when we face the wind and the rain. As we are reminded in the Gospel of Matthew (Matt 8:23-27), even in the midst of the crashing waves, Jesus was right there with his disciples when their boat was sinking and being torn apart by the wind and the rain. Yes, they were scared. Yes, they did not know what to do. Yes, they were frantically rushing around to grab whatever they could in order to keep their boat from sinking. Yet, even as they feared for their lives, Jesus was there. 

O God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope. Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally remind us that you have promised never to leave us so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your love and peace may be felt, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


With the love of Christ,