Listening to Lent – Through the Gloom

sunset32314Death shall not destroy my comfort,
Christ shall guide me thro’ the gloom;
Down he’ll send some heav’nly convoy,
To escort my spirit home.

Oh, hallelujah! How I Love my Savior,
Oh, hallelujah! That I Do.
Oh, Hallelujah! How I love my Savior!
Mourners, you may love him too.

Jordan’s stream shall not o’erflow me,
While my Savior’s by my side;
Canaan, Canaan lies before me!
Soon I’ll cross the swelling tide.

See the happy spirits waiting,
On the banks beyond the stream!
Sweet responses still repeating,
“Jesus! Jesus!” is their theme.
~American Folk Hymn

There are families in despair
just down the road apiece from us:
the uncertain earth gave way and slid far,
overcoming houses and the people within.
The missing outnumber the known dead.
The searchers struggle on quicksand;
The mourners drown
in enveloping inevitability.
There is no where to turn,
no comfort to find
but that we belong,
body and soul,
to our Savior
who came to fetch us
from the muddy flow of our lives.

2 thoughts on “Listening to Lent – Through the Gloom

  1. Glad to know other WordPressers are praying for this community. There could be survivors in the rubble yet– a chocolate lab was pulled out alive today.


  2. There continue to be catastrophic events in our nation — those perpetrated by deranged human minds and those that occur from nature gone wild and unpredictable. Both catch us off guard; both ravage our spirits. The scene of the gigantic landside in the Oso-Darrington area of rural Washington State is heartbreaking in its cost of human life (still counting). It must be particularly frustrating for the would-be rescuers who are unable to reach survivors because of the quicksand that some estimate is 15 feet deep or more. What suffering all these people are enduring.
    Of course we pray — for the lost, the rescuers, those bereft family members waiting for news that may never come.

    I do not think it inappropriate to say here that we need to hold on tightly to our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors – known and unknown. Do not let a day go by without telling them that we love them, that hey are important to us, that we need them in our lives. Upon leaving or parting for a time, do not do so with anger in our heart or in our voice. We may never get a second chance.


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