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Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 13

Vernon J. Charlesworth, 1838–? with alteration
  You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)
Storms often hit the northern coast of England bringing distress to the many small fishing vessels that ply the coastal waters. It is reported that “A Shelter in the Time of Storm” has long been a favorite song of many of the fishermen in this area, and they are often heard singing it as they approach their harbors during a storm.
The vivid wording of this hymn assures us that we too are safer during life’s storms with Christ in control than in the calm times without Him. We as Christians must rest assured that “no fears alarm, no foes affright” in the shelter of His safe retreat. Just as a young bird would never fly if not pushed out of its nest, we would never develop spiritual strength if we did not learn to handle—with absolute confidence in God—the storms He allows to come our way…

Fresh Start Devotionals


I remember the dark cloud well. Not the kind that tornados descended from or that released the frightening thunderstorms, but the dark cloud of war that hung over my grade school years during the Vietnam Conflict. The news coverage in those days were bland by today’s standards, but the images of war that I glanced at as I walked through the living room still frightened me. I knew that the war was far away and that I wasn’t in any danger, but I also knew that not everybody was as lucky as I was. So I did the only thing I knew to do—I prayed.

After recess, our teacher would have us lay our heads on our desk to quite us down and prepare the class for hitting the books again. With the cold linoleum pressed against my cheek I listen to the quietness of the room echo through my mind. I’d close my eyes and begin to pray. I’d pray for the war to end, for our leaders to make the right decisions and for the safety of our troops. The very prayers I find myself praying today.

I’ve thought…