Sunday, September 04, 2005

In the Storm

Yes, I'm back from the end of summer adventures. I haven't blogged this week pretty much because I couldn't. I didn't know what to say. My own exhaustion and illness after the trip mixed with the shock, frustration and disgust as the events of the week unfolded. Much has been said about the shocking lack of forsight and preparation on the part of New Orleans local, state and federal governments. I hope out of this the government officials who made critical decisions not to be prepared and not to address the engineering issues facing New Orleans receive justice for their decisions that have cost so many lives.

As I'm typing I'm watching CNN and the federal officials are holding a press conference that appears to be mostly to pat themselves on the back and shifting blame to "Mother Nature". There's not enough blood pressure medication in the country to handle this kind of crap.

Okay, I'm getting off track here (this is why I haven't blogged all week). The high point of the situation for me has been a CD that came out this week. Casting Crowns put out a new CD this week called Lifesong. On this CD is a song called Praise You in This Storm that has really touched me. Please take a moment to read the lyrics I'm going to post below and consider heading to iTunes to download the song. I hope it brings the comfort to you it has brought to me.

Praise You in the This Storm

I was sure by now
That 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 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'll praise You in this storm
And I will life my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
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
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find you

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


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