The Jesus Tree–Day Fifteen

Today’s readings were from Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, and John 6:16-21. These are the accounts of Jesus walking on water. The children were very interested to learn that only Matthew records the part of the story in which Peter asks Christ to allow him to walk out on the water as well, and then has to be rescued by Jesus when he looks at the waves and loses faith. I thought it was interesting that even though this reading directly follows the feeding of the 5,000 in all three Gospels, we won’t be reading that story until Saturday. That actually annoys me a little…I would prefer to read chronologically as much as possible, especially when the two stories are as intertwined as these two are. That’s what I get for not looking ahead in great detail, though…next year, however, I may switch up the order of the readings if only to pacify myself!

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