For at his word the stormy wind ariseth…

I wish to share with you this link to some photos of the sea in Brittany just a few days ago. The Arctic vortex has caused a single storm system that is causing very cold weather in North America and hurricane force storms over western France and the British Isles. We in Normandy haven’t had it too bad – a tree down here and there and the odd tile blown off a roof, but little more.

Last Friday to Saturday night, they called it the Saint Valentine Massacre in England. Here, the roof tiles rattled and the draughts could be felt throughout the house. The wind whistled like a banshee, but we were safe.

My boat has remained high and dry in my back yard under its tarpaulin!

The text on this page is in French, but no commentary is needed to explain the photos, especially the ones of a fishing boat getting back into port, an extremely dangerous manoeuvre in those conditions.

I ask your prayers for all those who have been lost at sea, made homeless by flooding and for others who are still in danger even as the weather calms.

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They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters;
These men see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep; their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits end.
So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, he delivereth them out of their distress.
For he maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad, because they are at rest; and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.

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2 Responses to For at his word the stormy wind ariseth…

  1. Warwickensis says:

    Dear Fr Anthony, I can but only offer you this to complement your post:

    • Thank you for this. Few of our English composers could beat Purcell, and this setting is magnificent.

      Looking at the painting, it makes me think of the joy of sailing down the Thames through London – when the waters recede more than a little. I am on a dinghy cruising e-mail list, and quite a few of them form groups and sail through London.

      Many of the floods in parts like Somerset are so deep that I would be able to sail through their streets with the centreboard down! However, even if I had my boat over there, I wouldn’t – out of respect for those people, some of whom have lost everything.

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