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Read: Matthew 8:23-27 

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. —Isaiah 41:10 (NRSVUE) 

I was only a year old when my family migrated from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to West Bengal, India. As refugees, we lived in a tent provided by the government for over seven years. I remember one hot summer evening a heavy storm was developing. We were playing in an open field, and my older sister became worried and brought us back to our tent for safety. 

As soon as we got back, the wind was so forceful that we worried we would lose our tent and all our belongings. Imagining what it would be like to lose our tent and be without a place to live, I started praying but felt that my prayer was not working. Then I started pleading with Jesus: We don’t have another tent. If this one is gone, where shall we live? I was at the corner of our tent holding the rope when I cried, “Help me, Jesus!” To my amazement, the wind gradually weakened and finally disappeared. 

This experience has had a lasting impact on my life. God hears us when we call out for help. Truly Jesus is with us in every storm. 

Today’s prayer: Dear God, thank you for being with us even when we go through difficult times in life. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Thought for the day: Jesus is with me in every storm. 

Subodh C. Mondal (Delhi, India)