Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Will your anchor hold?

Mark posted the following statement: Fill your soul with HOPE.

'This hope we have as an anchor of the soul. both sure and steadfast' - Heb 6:19

It reminded me of an old Hymn we used to sing in church when I grew up. "Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?" Coming from a fishing community, where my family as far back as I can tell have been fishermen, it always held a special place in my heart.

As a teenager I used to spend some of my summer holidays on my dads trawler. (that was enough for me to realise it was not for me) But I got the cance to winess first hand how a boat could be tossed around by a storm. When a storm hits very often you are helpless.

I was even on board once at the West Coast of Scotland when the storm caused the anchor to drag from its mooring.

The song helps us to remember that even in the worst of storms, in the bleakest on nights hope can be found in Jesus. Get to know him - REALLY - before the storm comes.

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 that blast, thro’ strength divine.


It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear—
When the breakers have told that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.


It will firmly 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.


When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.


Robert said...

Thanks for the personal reminiscences regarding this hymn. Did you know that today is the anniversary of the author's birth? Priscilla Owens was born July 21, 1829. She also another familiar gospel song. To learn more, check out my own blog that discusses the history and biblical themes of our hymns, giving you a daily almanac for something about them.

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