Wednesday, August 31, 2005

For All the Saints Marking Time Around New Orleans

"But let all who take refuge in Thee be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And mayest Thou shelter them, That those who love Thy name may exult in Thee." -- Psalm 5:11

Everyone must face the winds of change and the tempests of life. The intensity and frequency of these storms will vary from life to life, but no one escapes them. Some just face them more literally than others. Whatever their form, the only sure refuge during the storms of life is the Lord. He alone can shelter us from every hurricane that blows through our lives.

Those who know the Lord and love his name can find a peace that surpasses understanding. They've seen the calm at the eye of the huricane. They've weathered the wind and the rain. And they'll survive the flooding that follows.

Even in sorrow, a melody rings in the hearts of those who know the Lord as a refuge. Those who keep on singing and improvising through the storms of life may find that their music gives them hope and courage.

At the moment, the song has the somber tone of a funeral dirge, but a day will come when the chord will change and fresh jazz riffs will spontaneously arise to transform the blues into new songs of gladness and joy. The saints will come marching home.

Someday the sound of New Orleans will rise again in a crescendo of music and many of its inhabitants will exult in the Lord.

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