Beyond Deficit in the Face of Disaster

By Will Counts, then photographer for the Arkansas Democrat newspaper. Original caption states “A photograph taken by Will Counts of Elizabeth Eckford attempting to enter Little Rock School on 4th September, 1957. The girl shouting is Hazel Massery. ” This image was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for Photography.

From the story of meeting Jesus walking on the water we find not a mortality play of how we are deficit in the face of disaster, but that the story of Jesus is story that God is with us in disaster, when we are hated….and God is with the ones who hate as well.

The gospel reading from Matthew 14:22-33 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.