The following email came into my inbox last week from one of our worship team members, Heather. Her dear friend, Jennifer, sent her this encouraging note about the days that immediately followed the tornado that hit the Alabama town of Enterprise. God is Good!
I wanted to tell you all about our powerful worship service yesterday. It was our first Sunday back since the tornado.
The powerful part for me started on Wednesday night at choir rehearsal. Jamie, our music minister, said, “there are miracles in this room tonight and lots of broken hearts in this room.” The school nurse from the high school is in our choir, along with several teachers. We practiced the Michael W Smith song Healing Rain—about how God’s healing comes down to us like rain. There is a line in it that says, “Healing Rain is falling down, I’m not afraid.” Then Jamie said that we can’t be afraid of what God has for us.
Back to Sunday.
The choir opened with a song called “Lord, I Run to You.”:
Lord I Run to You, no one else will do
Lord You said we’d face trouble, pain, and fear
But to be of good cheer, because You have overcome the world.
I lift my eyes up to the mountains. Where does my help come from? It comes from You Lord.
You are the maker of earth and Heaven, and there is nothing that’s too hard for You.
We had the EHS principal and school superintendent with us in the service. The pastor had a special prayer time for them and the EHS students. My eyes stayed on the student with his arm in a sling.
Then we all sang, “Rescue”
I need you Jesus, to come to my rescue, where else can I go?
There’s no other name by which I am saved
Capture me with grace, I will follow you.
Chris Duke, who is now a EHS teacher and was in the middle of all chaos on that Thursday, sang “Praise You in the Storm”:
I’ll praise You in the storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are, no matter where I am.
And every tear I cry, You hold in Your hands
You’re always by my side, and though my heart is torn,
I’ll praise you in this storm.
Our pastor preached from Hebrews 6:19 that talks about how our hope in Christ is an anchor in times of trouble. He said how when you anchor your boat in a storm, you don’t anchor to the dock, you anchor deep. He said how we need to anchor to the Word of God, to the Church, and our hope of Christ’s return.
It was so good to be a part of it and I wanted to share it with you.
Pray for our students and teachers this week as they start back to class on Wednesday.