Winter in the Mid-Atlantic has been chased away by the blustery storms of spring. As the wind picks up and the heavy clouds roll through, I’m reminded of the hope-filled words that Horatio Spafford once wrote as his ship crossed over the waters where his daughters had perished:
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Many of us are well familiar with these words, especially if you grew up in church. Sometimes, they were sung on a regular Sunday with the light streaming through the windows. Sometimes, they were sung over a hushed crowd of mourners. But they always remind us that during dark times, the Gospel promises us, not an easy road without burdens, but a caring savior to help us carry those burdens.
Though God’s promise is one we can cling to in difficult times, Spafford and his family knew that there was much to be said for practical help as well. Though I’ve heard the early parts of Spafford’s story in many different sermons, I was unfamiliar with the next chapters.
After yet more tragedy struck his family, Spafford devoted his life to helping others. He and his family moved to Jerusalem and helped to ease the suffering caused by WWI by running soup kitchens, hospitals, and orphanages.
Like Spafford, CentrePointe Counseling both rests in the knowledge that, with the Lord, our souls are well, and works in the knowledge that the Lord also calls us to “bind up the broken hearted” and to bring help to those who need it.
Please join us in providing practical help to those facing storms. Your contribution goes directly to connecting people with the care they need to grow, change, and ultimately to create the ripple that changes lives across our community.
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