I came to the greater New Orleans area a few months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. The devastation was horrendous. Knowing how so many people in our church body stepped up to aid the people and communities of the gulf states in the aftermath of the storm, I've been very interested to see how the people of the LCMS would step up in the aftermath of the earthquake that annihilated Haiti. To say that I've been impressed would be an understatement. The blog posts from Pastor Matt Harrison and his staff from LCMS World Relief and Human Care have recorded their efforts and the efforts of others (like Pastor Ted Krey, my friend and a former classmate) in what continues to be a dangerous situation.
I'm not in a position to play a big role in Haiti's recovery. The people of Haiti and those who are working tirelessly on their behalf are in my prayers daily. That doesn't seem like much to me, but God gives us our vocations, and right now mine have me working where I am.
Like I said, I've been following the blog posts of Pastor Harrison and of Pastor Carlos Hernandez, Director, Districts and Congregations, LCMS World Relief and Human Care. One of the latter's recent posts caught my eye--specifically, the title. It was called Among the Rubble, Sustained by Faith. The fledgling hymn-writer in me saw that title and ran with it. This is the result.
(By the way, thank you, Pastors Harrison and Hernandez, Krey, and all those who are working in the heart of the devastation. May God sustain you as you bring both earthly blessings and the blessings of heaven to the people of Haiti.)
Sustained By Faith Among the Rubble
1. Sustained by faith among the rubble,
God's children face calamity.
Earthquake or storm—in any trouble,
Christ is our rock for ev’ry plea.
Even in times of great distress,
We know in all things God will bless.
2. God does not promise earthly pleasure.
Sin and its wages take their toll.
Yet He gives comfort rich in measure.
Baptismal waters soothe the soul.
Christ will forever faithful prove.
Trust in His grace, for God is love.
3. In His great mercy God has given;
In His great love He takes away.
When thunder rolls, when waves are driven,
When illness falls, when buildings sway,
Battered by Satan's demon band,
We rest in God's almighty hand.
4. God hears our every supplication.
Boldly apprach the mercy seat.
In fear, in loss, in devastation,
His grace is sure, His love complete.
God answers prayers—so says His Word.
We pray, “Thy will be done, O Lord.”
© 2010, 2017 Alan Kornacki, Jr.
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Tune: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HATTE (DRETZEL) (LSB 590) or WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT (LSB 719)
Occasion: Disasters (natural or man-made)/Job 1:13-21