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Meditation 106: from "A Concord Pastor" Rev. Austin Fleming

NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 7/13

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 06:00 PM PDT

 

Today's weather was a jumble, Lord:

a sunny start, increasing cloudiness,

then clear skies followed by occasional thunderstorms

and around 2:00 p.m. - it was raining in the sunshine!

 

Not unlike some of my days, Lord,

when I often experience:

laughter and tears

worry and trust

hope and discouragement

joy and sorrow

courage and fear

anxiety and serenity

all in the span of 24 hours!

 

The weather patterns in my soul, Lord, are filled with:

high and low pressure systems

emotional climate change

gentle rain and microbursts

cold fronts and heat waves

heavy fog and maximum visibility

turbulence and calm

droughts and flash floods

cloudbursts and clearing...

 

But I trust deeply, Lord, that the "extended outlook"

is for fair weather

that I'll survive the storms

not melt in the rain

deal with the humidity

delight in warm and sunny days

and remember: fair weather always follows foul!

 

Protect me, Lord, while I lie awake through storms

and watch over me as I sleep

that awake, I might keep watch with you

and asleep, rest in your peace...

 

Amen.

 

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 raised me up again

But my strength is almost gone

How can I carry on

If I can't find you

But 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 lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord

The maker of Heaven and Earth

 

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

 

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

 

Though my heart is torn

(Though my heart is torn)

I will praise you in this storm

(Praise you in this storm)