“In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.”
Not having grown up in the church, my Introduction to Hymns 101 course curriculum was comprised of material primarily from two artists: Fernando Ortega and Crystal Lewis. Not surprisingly, I first heard this hymn by Crystal Lewis from her Hymns CD “Hymns (My Life).”
It never ceases to amaze me how a Bible verse can be read a multitude of times and yet, at one particular moment in your personal history, it rings out loudly, touches your soul, and revives your spirit. Reading through Hebrews a couple years ago, one particular verse was such a resounding bell: Hebrews 6:19.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil…
At that time in my life I was struggling to accept the limitations of my newly diagnosed condition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and how that would, in time, affect my ability to serve in my church as, at that time I was the worship leader and had just begun to build a team. Would I be bedridden? Would I have to quit my job? Would Jesus heal me? All these questions and more ricocheted in my thoughts calmed at once by the reading of this verse much like Jesus telling the storm on the Sea of Galilee to be still.
Being reminded of this wonderful hymn earlier this week, I was astounded to see how the second half on the second stanza encapsulates Hebrews 6:19 so well: “In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.” The storms of life, storms so intense that perhaps we cannot even see the face of Jesus, are no match for the anchor of our soul: this hope.
An Extra Bit:
The Solid Rock: Edward Mote / William Bradbury, 1863
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For Thought & Discussion:
- Why Did I Write this?
- What are your thoughts about this stanza?
- Can you think of any other hymns or songs with similar themes?
- See also:
- Are there any other verses that back up this hymn theologically?
- Have you used this song lately? Have you explained it?
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