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11-12 October 2016 / 10 Tishrei 5777 / Holy Day of Atonement

On this very special Day of Atonement, and in light of the recent “storms,” I would like to share a poem that the Lord led me to write many years ago. May it be a blessing to those who read it.

 The Storms of this Life

Hurricane Katrina 29 August 2005


My youngest son had just turned three

a month before the storm hit.


My little Justus was trying to be so brave

when his sister took a picture of him

while he stood beside me

in the doorway of our home on that day.


His eyes and face were red from crying,

and he was holding his lips real tight

to keep from getting upset in front of the camera.


He, along with his six-year-old brother,

was absolutely terrified when the trees started falling

all around us during the worst part of the storm.


My little boys became visibly upset

when an over one hundred foot pine tree

fell across our driveway and blocked us in.


They were begging me to call someone for help, and I did,

but the lady at city hall said there was nothing they could do,

and that we just needed to ride out the storm.


When another pine tree went through the roof

and water started pouring into the kitchen and a bedroom,

all seven of my children became quite distressed.


It was then that I realized we could actually die in this storm,

but I also had full confidence that only if it was God's will.


I can honestly say that absolute fear was not with me

on that horribly devastating day,

but a great love and concern for my dear children.


My response to the terror of the storm

was to humbly call upon the Lord,

and His peace was noticeably with us.

I thank God He heard my most earnest plea!


My husband was not able to be with us due to the war,

but soon before he was to arrive home,

my oldest daughter asked my little Justus,

"Are you going to tell daddy

that you were a big boy during the storm?"


He hung his little head and looked to the ground,

and a few moments later,

with an ashamed look on his face,

he looked up and said,

"No, I was little."


That profound statement, from the mouth of my baby,

reminded me just how small we really are

in the sight of God!


We all need the Lord God in our lives,

and He is the only One who can truly help us

in the midst of the Storms of this Life!


God will use trials and tribulations

to show us how we desperately need Him,

and I hope you won't reject Him when He calls!


For those who have turned to God,

and away from sin,

His love will forever live in those

who worship only Him!


The devil wants to lead you into sin,

and fill your heart with hate,

so he can separate you from God,

and those who love Him too.


Satan is the one who wants you dead,

so he can destroy your soul in Hell!

I Am pleading, don't give into his lies and deceit!


Jesus Christ is truly the only way to Heaven,

and He gave His life so we could live

with Him, world without end!


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