Gerard Manley Hopkins, in his poem Heaven-Haven, longs for the lasting peace and rest of his heavenly destiny. Hopkins compares heaven to an eternal spring, a flowered field and a peaceful seaport. But mostly he describes heaven as a place devoid of pain (hail) and where life is never churned up by trials (storms – the green swell).
I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.
When the world that I’ve been Living in collapses at my feet And when my life is all tattered and torn . Though I’m wind-swept, I’ve been battered
I’m gonna cling unto His cross I’ll find peace in the midst of the storm
(Is that alright?)
There is peace in the midst of the storm-tossed life. There is an Anchor, there is a rock to build my faith upon Jesus Christ is my vessel so I fear no alarm
He gives me peace in the midst of the storm In my twenty-four short hours
Years of living are brought to moments When life’s final picture is taking form
In the dark-room of my suffering I see a light that’s coming and it’s shining through
(You know what) He gives me peace in the midst of the storm
Now when my spirit has been broken Till it’s masked by misery
When the doctor shakes his head and look forlorn (You know what?)
Jesus comes to make my bedside A cathedral of faith and love
He’ll give you peace in the midst of the storm
There is peace in the midst of the storm-tossed life There is an Anchor, there’s a rock to build my faith upon (Hallelujah, Hallelujah)
Jesus Christ is my vessel so I fear no alarm Won’t God give you peace in the midst of the storm? He’ll give you peace in the midst of the storm
Thanks for the inspiring lyrics from “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” by Allison Speer. Very apropos.
(I’m citing the source to keep us out of trouble with copyright law.)