When You Need Shelter

Published February 17, 2013

I pray this poem will encourage, uplift, and strengthen those who may be in the midst of an overwhelming personal storm. I trust this wonderful poem will be a reminder of who is there to shelter, protect, and comfort us in lives difficult and challenging times. Read this poem and take comfort from its great message.

When Storms Arise – Paul Laurence Dunbar

When storms arise

And darkening skies

About me threatening lower,

To thee, O Lord, I raise mine eyes,

To thee my tortured spirit flies

For solace in that hour.


The mighty arm

Will let no harm

Come near me nor befall me;

Thy voice shall quiet my alarm,

When life’s great battle waxeth warm–

No foeman shall appall me.


Upon thy breast

Secure I rest,

From sorrow and vexation;

No more by sinful cares oppressed,

But in thy presence ever blest,

O God of my salvation.


Poems and hymns are great quotations are all good sources to help us in our times of trials, hardship, sorrow, and grief, but they should never overshadow or replace the truth of God’s word. Christians should always look to the Bible as the primary source of help when storms arise. I encourage you to read Psalm 91.  This Psalm is one example of many passages found in the Bible that tells of Gods loving embrace, protection, and comfort.

May I suggest, as a daily devotional, you search for and discover even more? What greater shelter could you ask for when Storms Arise?

I pray you find shelter in Him!


Rev. David Larsen – (Chaplain Compassion Nevada)

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