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They escaped all safe to land.

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    “For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
    Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Cæsar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
    Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
    Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
    And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
    And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.” Acts 27

    Today this story of Paul in the Lesson moved me as a prayer and example for our church. No matter the “tempestuous wind” and “exceedingly tossed” the storms we are encountering, and “all hope…was taken away” we like Paul can trust God has “… given thee all them that sail with thee” and we can be of good cheer as Paul expressed so that, “all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. … that they escaped all safe to land.” Paul was obedient to his calling from God and did not stop trusting God, “whose I am, and whom I serve” despite the fact he was a prisoner and the shipmates had not “hearkened” to his Godly counsel before the storm. He continued to stand firm in the storm, speak up, watch over those given him, and his prayers were a full protection even when violence was planned. He never stopped spreading the Word of God. Thank you Lesson writer!

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