Getting Through The Storms
As I am writing this, we are anticipating that Hurricane Irma will hit the Florida coast tomorrow. It has already caused much damage in the Caribbean and is called a "monster" storm. Texans have already felt the ravages of Hurricane Harvey and are trying to recover from that storm. It seems every day different "storms" are announced on the news. Sometimes these storms are weather related. Other storms are related to immigration issues, threat of war and people's inhumanity to others. Each of us can probably think of personal "storms" we are going through in our own lives. It seems that storms of some kind are always imminent.
There is a hymn that we sing frequently at church, that is on my mind today. I am going to share the first line with you as I feel it is relevant to all we are facing today. The words and music to *"Stand By Me" are by Charles Albert Tindley (1906).
"When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;
When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;
When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea,
Thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me."
I pray that we all can take comfort in remembering that, no matter what storm we face, God rules over the wind and water of life. May God's blessing and safety be with us all today.
*Source of hymn lyrics, The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989 edition.