Storm stories and the prayer that brings light

Psalm 91 in the Bible tells us, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (verse 1). This psalm is a beautiful reminder of safety during storms.

Today my heart goes out for ideas to comfort and bless the people in Oklahoma. Prayers of peace, harmony, and safety are alive and active now. I’m alerted to this advice in the New Testament: “Be instant in season, out of season” (II Timothy 4:2). In other words, as we hear threatening weather forecasts or even see storms gathering, we can immediately acknowledge God’s supremacy and power to protect each of us in frightening conditions. We can be witnesses to divine Love’s absolute control and intelligence to neutralize and destroy all forces that are unlike Love. 

When our daughter was growing up, we would often pray together through summer thunderstorms. We would go out and sit on our swing underneath the covered front porch and sing Mary Baker Eddy’s “Mother’s Evening Prayer.” The first verse of the hymn starts, “O gentle presence, peace and joy and power; / O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour” (No. 207). This gave each of us a clear sense of God’s power and presence, and that right where we were, we were safe under His protection.

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