During my husband’s first deployment to Iraq, I felt so swimg_2279amped by grief and fear that I would sometimes have to pull over to pray. I sought help for not making an idol of being terrified- giving it my attention, my energy, my time.

I frequently sang over and over, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

I didn’t need the rest of the words, but just the reminder that there is a place to stand, a place of support, refuge, and strength. Everything else is sinking sand- a force that opposes God, waiting to draw me under despair.

God- help me to stand in the strongholds and keep my faith in them. Strengthen me in faith and wisdom and courage to resist the pull of sinking sand. Amen.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 

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