Posts Tagged ‘disasters’

Hymn for Hurricane Rita

O God, our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure
Sufficient is Thine arm alone
And our defense is sure…

There’s a Level 5 hurricane headed straight for Houston, where a couple million people, including my best friend, live and work. Somehow these words from an old Isaac Watts hymn seem appropriate today.

Pray. And if you can’t pray, cry out. And if something chokes your throat and you can do neither, lift your eyes to the heavens…because He is still up there, despite all seeming evidence to the contrary. And He still cares about what happens on this miserable little planet. Yes, He does.

For God so loved the world…

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I’ve just been reading on NYTimes.com and CNN.com about the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. Conditions in New Orleans continue to get worse. Thousands are being evacuated to Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and other locations because the Superdome can’t hold them all. Armed thugs are running loose in the streets. What was a natural disaster is quickly becoming out-of-control chaos.

Contrast that with the words of a song that just came up on my iTunes (I’m at work, so have the pleasure of listening to other people’s purchased music):

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name

On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay

On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

How to reconcile these words with what is going on along the Gulf Coast? Yet I know these words are a bigger truth than the devastation. May they, and the God who is their subject and Author, bring peace to those who are beleaguered, despairing, starving and without hope.

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