Thursday, 21 July 2016

Snapshot Muse #26 - A Shelter in the Time of Storm

After the storm
Last night a vicious storm hit our colony. First the sky turned very dark, an odd blackish turquoise. This was around 7:00 PM, but it looked more like midnight. Suddenly extremely strong winds joined the ominous darkness, along with thunder and lightening and torrential rain.

After the storm had passed a variety interesting clouds hovered over us. Some were storm clouds, the kind you don't see very often. But they moved away relatively quickly and the sun broke through and we knew we had a lot to be grateful for. Other than a few fallen trees there was no other damage. Other people were not so fortunate, as they had a tornado rip through their place; roofs were ripped off from houses, grain bins severely damaged, garage doors ripped out...

While I was standing by a window watching this storm, the likes as I'd never seen, a very fitting old hymn came to mind. It was written by Vernon J. Charlesworth in 1839.

1 The Lord's our Rock; in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


Refrain:
O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land -
A Shelter in the time of storm.


2 A Shade by day, Defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


3 The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
We'll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


4 O Rock Divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

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