Grace, Hope, Loss

When The Storms Come

When The Storms Come
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Rains pour down day after day and waters rise too high. Winds howl and rip apart homes, smashing lives and sucking up souls- I heard three children were missing and the burning in my mother-chest flares white hot. How does anyone make sense of moments such as this? Who watches the weather and imagines that in twenty minutes their life will look completely different than it did just moments before? Or that this earthly life for them, will in fact end-

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yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14

We are bystanders, rubberneckers, staring, mouths gaping, tears welling looking into the face of all this, this debris- and knowing that these people need a resurrection.

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Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. Psalm 71:20

You hold all this in your hands and we cannot make sense of these moments. We shake our heads and our shoulders sag under the weight of this and hearts crack wide and  all hope threatens to drain out, leaving us dry.

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.  For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. Lamentations 3:32-33

But didn’t this Son of Man walk on the waves, didn’t he calm the tempestuous seas and bring peace with words? Didn’t he hang high and descend low to bring hope? In the blackest of times, still he remains.

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7

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The power of the risen Christ is among us still. The Spirit of the Lord moves and grieves and weeps with those who weep.



You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. Psalm 56:8

Pray for those who have suffered, and who suffer still this day. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord comforts and restores hope to those who have lost, who are lost- that he resurrects their lives in the wake of this, and that by his own resurrection and stomping of death, that  they may find renewed hope and rest in him.

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  1. I’m laying on my bed right this minute…reading your blog post. I hear the thunder, see the lightening…Several storms have blown through. A very severe storm is heading into Ohio from Indiana. It will get here in the middle of the night. I will not sleep much tonight. Your written words echo in my mind right now…. “In the blackest of times, still he remains.” Amen, sister. Amen.

    1. Anonymous

      We shared your stormy weather here last night as well. Thankfully, it had more bark than bite, but this wild spring season has certainly been an obvious reminder of God’s might and power…. bless you! So glad you stopped by…

  2. dsblanchard

    This is a powerful post on this so so sorrowful tornado destruction. It really helps me SEE when I pray. Thanks for caring so very deeply. I am so far removed from the area of the destruction that I didn’t feel the agony. Your blog helped me and now I can truly groan in words that can not be uttered for these children of God. nnI came here because you left a comment on my blog. God knew I needed to get your message so he connected us. Glory to His name! I love the title of your blog “Always Alleluia.” Amen.nnHugs,nDawn

    1. Anonymous

      Bless you, Dawn. I am so blessed that you stopped by to read, and yes, we groan prayers for healing, as it is so difficult to find the words… God knows, thankfully, he KNOWS. Bless you, friend, so thankful for you. 😉

  3. Melissa Tomko

    Hello…I found your blog through Five Minutes for Faith.

    Thank you for this beautifully written entry. I live in Joplin, and my home is just two blocks from some of the worst destruction. I often wonder how and why we were spared without even a shingle being lost from our roof when people within walking distance lost everything…some even their lives. In the past month and half I have learned more about God’s sovereignty than I have in the rest of my 8 years of being a believer. He is always good. He has not left us…He has been here with us the whole time. My town and the people in it are forever changed, and in many ways I believe it is for the better. 

    1. Anonymous

      melissa, Oh bless you friend. I am thankful you are ok, though I can imagine living in that destruction is disheartening much of the time. I have always found it challenging when these events occur, Who can understand the mind of God…. I try to just be thankful and remain hopeful, that though I don’t understand it, His purposes are ultimately good. SO thankful you stopped by here today!


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