Wednesday, May 4, 2011


We are still watching our area deal with the tornado disasters that ripped through our area a week ago. This tragedy is always on my mind these days because I realize just how fortunate we were. I read Amanda's blog and I just shudder. My cousin had to lay across her sweet baby boy and a tornado touched down less than a mile from her home. The day of the storms Ryan and I actually had to discuss how we would cover Caleb. There's just something inside of me that panics at these thoughts. If something had happened to the two of us, would Caleb have been okay? Would someone have been able to get to him soon enough to give him food and water? How scared would he have been? These thoughts terrify me and just typing them out bring the realization of what some people in our area actually went through. How am I not going to get hysterical every time we get rain now? If I'm feeling like this and nothing actually happened to me, how are people who suffered during the storms feeling? How can they feel normal after this?

What a powerful, soothing, liberating action...
It provides. It sustains. It brings hope.
It provides peace.
It's the only way some can cope.
It's the comfort that the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you.

Over and over this past week one song has been lodged into my thoughts. As I think of those families who lost loved ones, who lost everything but the shirt on their back, and for those who have the same thoughts I do, I think of this song....

"Praise You In This Storm" by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away


I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

1 comment:

  1. Mary Ellen WirkusMay 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Absolutely love this song... I also felt a sense of panic at the storms coming in yesterday, all the while telling myself that it was just rain. Our lives will be forever changed and my heart is breaking for our community. I pray that our knees bow in prayer and praise!



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