"One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, "Let us cross to the other side of the lake." So they set sail, and while they were sailing he fell a sleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger. They came and woke him saying, "Master, master, we are perishing!" He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm. Then he asked them, "Where is your faith?" But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another, "Who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?"
My friend, Dina at Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo, kindly asked how we at the monastery fared the "biggest October storm in 47 years", as described by the San Jose Mercury News. She had heard about the storm all the way in Jerusalem. Thanks for your concern, Dina.
We are fine, although Stella the dog has been wet all day. Fortunately, in spite of the high winds (which continued from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) we never lost electricity. We did lose a lot of big branches and noticed one hanging on an electrical wire - we'll call the electric company tomorrow.
The storm is now headed for Southern California. With all the recent fires there is big concern for mudslides. Please join us in praying for our neighbors to the south.