With Hurricane Irma so much in the news, my heart is heavy for those whose lives have been so disrupted and those who will lose so much during the violent storm.
The Holy Spirit brought to mind the words of a song I’ve known and loved since childhood. “Stand By Me” was written by the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley in the early 1900’s, but his words continue to be timely ones.
As the hurricane rages, let’s offer these words from that hymn as a prayer to God: “Thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me [by us].” That’s also a wonderful prayer when we’re buffeted by all sorts of storms, such as those Rev. Tindley mentions in the other verses.
To listen to a portion of his wonderful song, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTHaOEZjBpc
To read all the verses, click here: https://hymnary.org/text/when_the_storms_of_life_are_raging_stand