And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” Luke 8:24-25 ESV This past month has been a difficult one. As I’m sure you are well aware one of the worst natural disasters in US history struck the Texas coast last week in the form of Hurricane Harvey. Here in Austin we got some heavy rain and high winds downed a few trees, but we didn’t not see nearly the destruction and devastation experienced on the coast, particularly in Houston. Over the past few days we have been on the phone with numerous friends and family members in the area. Miraculously most of the people we know personally suffered very little damage. We are hoping to organize a trip through Ascend and our church soon to head to the coast and aid in the relief efforts. In times like this it is crucial to remember that we have a Master who is in charge of the winds and the waves. Like the disciples of old it can be easy for us to despair when we are tossed to and fro by the storms of life. Like they did, we can so easily forget just who is in the boat with us. May we look to the only one who can truly calm the storm, trusting that He is in control. Whatever you are facing today, it is our prayer that you may find refuge and hope in the arms of the Master.