Friday, February 15, 2008

To the Victims of the Shooting

My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting in Illinios yesterday. It seems these stories are increasing in frequency. These acts of violence are so sad, and it's hard for me to wrap my brain around why someone would do such a thing. It is also difficult for me to comprehend the heartbreaking pain that one must go through in such a situation. I pray for healing to take place among the victims of this terrible tradgedy, I pray for the hope of Christ to shine brightly in their minds and hearts during such a dark time.

I'd like to share the words to this beautiful hymn as a tolken of my prayers in the behalf of all who are suffering from broken lives, bitter anquish, despair, grief and loss of hope. Whether they are victims of this tradgedy in Illinois, victims of abuse, disease, sickness, poverty or the awful chains of sin. I know that my Redeemer lives, I trust in His power to heal, to forgive, to help us stand firm amidst the storms of life. He is there for you too. He is real, of this I know.

Master the Temest is Raging
"Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o'ershadowed with blackness.
No shelter or help is nigh.
Carest thou not that we perish?
How canst thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threat'ning
A grave in the angry deep?
Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today.
The depths of my sad heart are troubled.
Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o'er my sinking soul,
And I perish! I perish! dear Master.
Oh, hasten and take control!
The winds and the waves shall obey thy will
Peace be still. Peace be still.
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons or men or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace be still. Peace be still.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, still.
Master, the terror is over.
The elements sweetly rest.
Earth's sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven's within my breast.
Linger, O blesssed Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more,
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor
And rest on the blissful shore."
Written by- Mary Ann Baker
(Page 105, in the Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

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