Daylight at Last…

My family and I left Houston and drove north on Friday, August 25th, just before Hurricane Harvey began to ravage our hometown with 15 trillion gallons on rainfall.  We’ve been safe and dry, staying with family here in Dallas, and fortunately, our house back in Houston is okay.  We’ve been keeping in touch with our neighbors, and the highest the flood waters ever got was about halfway up our driveway.  But by yesterday afternoon, the water had thankfully receded completely in our cul-de-sac.  So since last night, I’ve been perusing social media and smiling with joy to see all the photos posted of sunlight finally breaking through the clouds — something most Houstonians hadn’t seen for nearly a week.

In a time like this, with so much tragedy and destruction all over our city, it’s one of those little moments of hope that lifts our spirits and keeps us going for another day.  It’s a symbolic reminder that in the midst of our pain and fear, through the cruel depths of this fallen world, our God will never leave us or forsake us.  In fact, I feel certain that in this time of racial and political division, He used this hurricane to bring us together as Texans, as Americans, heck, as human beings — forcing us to remember what makes us all the same and how to selflessly love our fellow man.

Those photos of the sun coming out over the floodwaters made me think of a beautiful song called “Daylight” by Brave Saint Saturn.  Here’s a LINK to the song on YouTube, and the lyrics are below.  I hope you find them as meaningful as I do…

Did you hear the news today?
I’m not coming home, no
And I wished it all away
I felt so alone, yeah
And the darkness crept it’s way
Like stars that we all know will die too soon
There is never any sunrise here
in the shadows of eclipsing moons
Crawling on a tightrope
The bravest thing I have is hope

Daylight, save me
Daylight, save me
Tonight, tonight

Halogen, the lights will flicker
Incandescent burning lies
And the silence stands for nothing
Desperate I search the skies
Aching for a spark
Trembling in pitchest dark

Daylight, save me
Daylight, save me
Tonight, tonight

U.S.S. Gloria, this is mission control, do you copy?  We have lost contact with the U.S.S. Gloria.

Mission Control, this is the U.S.S. Gloria, do you read me?  Mayday, we have lost primary guidance functions.

The crew is now out of radio contact.  Presently there is no way for us to know whether they are alive or dead.  Our hopes and prayers go out with you all.

U.S.S. Gloria, this is mission control, do you copy?

Houston this is the U.S.S. Gloria.  Good to hear your voice.  We are coming out of the eclipse now.  I see the sunlight. It’s beautiful.  The sunlight… it’s beautiful!

Jesus Christ, Light of the World
You never did forget me
And when I bled in darkness,
You held me, still held me
When desperate nights I cursed You
You loved me, still loved me
Jesus Christ, You dry the tears
You break my heart of stone
Your words are life, cut marrow through
The darkness, to the bone
A heart of flesh You gave me
Only You can save me

I am coming home


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