|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 25, 2020 at 1:45 PM|
Psalm 46:1-2 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. There fore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea”. One of our most-beloved hymns, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, is a paraphrase of this Psalm. It is Hymn 688 in The Hymnal 1982. In these most unusual times it is important to be reminded of God’s promise to always be with us. Reading this psalm and others, along with the texts of favorite or new hymns, is a wonderful way to be reminded of the faithfulness of our God. Like many of you, my mind can barely take in all that is going on in the world at this present time. Those of you who have been caregivers for family members and/or friends know how memories of stressful times can be triggered by current events. This week will mark another anniversary since my mother’s passing in 2001 and a dear friend’s last year. Just as all of those memories were flooding my mind and I was trying to mentally process the daily news, God, in his faithfulness, reminded me of a song I learned as a young Christian. The name of the song is ‘Til the Storm Passes By and was written by Mosie Lister. Matt Presson and I will offer this song during the 3/29/20 Morning Prayer service. Below are the words to this wonderful song inspired by Isaiah 32. I hope it is the reminder you need of God’s faithfulness.
‘Til the Storm Passes By Words & Music: Mosie Lister
REFRAIN: ‘Til the storm passes over, ‘til the thunder sounds no more, ‘til the clouds roll forever from the sky, Hold me fast, let me stand in the hallow of thy hand; Keep me safe ‘til the storm passes by.
1. In the dark of the mid-night have I oft hid my face, while the storms howl above me, and there’s no hiding place. ‘Mid the crash of the thunder, precious Lord, hear my cry, “Keep me safe ‘til the storm passes by.” REFRAIN
2. Many times Satan whispered: “There is no use to try, for there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by.” But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I’ll rise where the storms never darken the skies. REFRAIN
3. When the long night has ended, and the storms come no more, let me stand in Thy presence on that bright, peaceful shore. In that land where the tempest never comes, Lord, may I dwell with Thee when the storm passes by. REFRAIN