Master! Help!

Today’s Envelope Art features the grand hymn,
Master, the Tempest is Raging!,
by Mary Ann Baker.

Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness,
No shelter or help is nigh;

Carest Thou not that we perish?
How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threat’ning
A grave in the angry deep?

Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today;
The depths of my sad heart are troubled—
Oh, waken and save, I pray!

Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o’er my sinking soul;
And I perish! I perish! dear Master—
Oh, hasten, and take control.

Master, the terror is over,
The elements sweetly rest;
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven’s within my breast;

Linger, O blessed Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more;
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor,
And rest on the blissful shore.

Refrain:

The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!

 

Is Your Burden Heavy?

This week’s Envelope Art…

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This song is a bit of an oldie. I ran across it while flipping through a hymn book looking for one to illustrate. I chose it because I know so many people who are going through rough situations right now.

It makes me think of the 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

My personal paraphrase for this verse is, “Give all your burdens to Jesus, because He is taking care of you.”

Here are all the words of the song by Ralph Carmichael:

Verse 1
Is your burden heavy
As you bear it all alone
Does the road you travel
Harbor danger yet unknown
Are you growing weary
In the struggle of it all
Jesus will help you
When on His name you call
Verse 2
Is the life you’re living
Filled with sorrow and despair
Does the future press you
With its worry and its care
Are you tired and friendless
Have you almost lost your way
Jesus will help you
Just come to Him today
Chorus
He is always there
Hearing ev’ry prayer
Faithful and true
Walking by our side
In His love we hide
All the day through
When you get discouraged
Just remember what to do
Reach out to Jesus
He’s reaching out to you

Happy All the Time?

This week’s Envelope Art…

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There’s that cute kid song–you probably remember it. Happy All the Time, *clap, clap.

But who’s happy ALL the time? I mean, life definitely has its ups and downs. I call it riding the rollercoaster of the vicissitudes of life! Only it isn’t a fun ride ALL THE TIME!

But here is sweet truth from Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) —

You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you.

Turn on the Lights!

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Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!
The author if this bright song is Ina Duley Ogden. She was born in Rossville, IL in 1872, and died in Toledo, OH, May 18, 1964.
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