Friendly Presbyterian church in Jacksonville area of St Johns flThere is a story about a monastery in Europe that sat high up on a cliff, several hundred feet in the air. The only way to reach the monastery was to be suspended in a basket which was pulled to the top by several monks who pulled and tugged with all their strength.

Now there is no doubt that the ride up the steep cliff in that basket was terrifying. One tourist got extremely nervous about halfway up as he noticed that the rope by which the basket was hanging, was old and frayed. With a trembling voice, he asked the monk who was riding with him in the basket, how often they changed the rope. The monk thought for a moment and answered, “Whenever it breaks.”

Have you ever felt as though emotionally you were suspended in that basket? When stress and pressure from life build to a breaking point? I imagine that most of us have been there.

Friend of Geneva, my prayer is that long before the ropes break, you would find a good emotional outlet: a friend to talk to, a walk in nature, a solid counselor, time in prayer – or any combination of the above. The key for all of us is finding some way to strengthen the ropes before they break.

Let us pray: God of Hope, we claim the promise of 1 Peter 5, cast your cares on the Lord, for he cares for you. Today, we cast our anxieties, our worries, our deepest concerns and burdens on you – trusting that you do indeed care for us and trusting that you will make a way forward for us. Grant us strength and courage. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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