Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Scriptures #32-When The Storms of Life Are Raging

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. 


Karen said...

I heard a message today that said it's not about the "why's", when storms come it's an opportunity to focus on Who is in control. Trouble is guaranteed. I pray I will always remember to honor the Lord with how I respond when it comes. Prayers are covering those in harm's way.

Linda said...

I took a class with you way back in spring...I think.
I've been reading your blog since then.
Thank you for sharing your insights to life.
Indeed, we each have "storms" come into our lives.
I am just very thankful God is ready to walk with me,
when I experience one of the "storms".
May God bless your day, Debbie.
May God protect the people in the path of the hurricanes.

Debbie Styles Life said...

You're right, Karen. The Lord is always in control. May you always feel His presence and Grace. Thank you for your prayers.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Linda:
I am so happy to hear from you! Thank you for reading my blog. You are so right that God is ready to walk with us through all the storms of life. May you feel God's blessing this day and always! Thank you for your prayers!

Sharon said...

Your post is so timely as I'm watching the latest reports from Hurricane Irma. We all do have storms whether we are impacted by those external storms or the internal ones. Thanks again for a reminder of where to turn no matter the source of our storms.

Aletha Oglesby, M.D. said...

I enjoyed the hymn quote. I wish we sang and heard the hymns more. I fear they are being lost to the next generations.