Perhaps this blog entry should be entitled " Do you have an anchor at all"?
It is the first line of a hymn words written by Priscilla Owens in 1829 and put to .music by William Kirkpatrick It is also the hymn I remember being sung in church when the Boys Brigade were there. The motto of the boys brigade is Steadfast & Sure.
During these continued days of Corvid 19 it has been my goal to pose these kind of questions, or to provoke memories or thoughts around the one who is my anchor in these stormy days.
As I have seen the storm clouds gather literally in recent days with the dramatic thunder and lightening; I have also seen the storm clouds gather pace with the reaction to racist views and behaviours, along side people behaving in a stormy way pushing and shoving themselves to get into a department store.
I am not convinced that the virus storm and societies storms are over. There will be more storms ahead for us as a world, country, locality, family and also as a church. It is therefore important to ensure that you are grounded firm and deep and fastened to the ROCK CHRIST JESUS.
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.
It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.