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The Storm Is Passing Over

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I learned the spiritual “The Storm Is Passing Over” when I was in middle school, singing with the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. At first, I took it literally, clinging to the song as my family sat through a tornado on vacation in Williamsburg, VA. But through the difficult transitions of puberty, moving to a new school, and losing friends and family, “The Storm Is Passing Over” became my anchor, the one thing that reminded me, again and again, that whatever trials and tribulations I faced, they would always end. In fact, it was this spiritual that prevented me from taking my life in high school when I was suffering from undiagnosed depression.

I would like to share “The Storm Is Passing Over” with all of you, especially those in the path of bad weather or just facing a hard road ahead. I hope it brings to you the same consolation and peace it brings to me.

Have courage, my soul, and let us journey on,
For the night is dark and I am far from home.
Thanks be to God, the morning light appears.
The storm is passing over.
The storm is passing over.
The storm is passing over.

(This recording is the Peabody Children’s Choir. The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir has never recorded “The Storm Is Passing Over,” but you can still listen to their music.)

What brings you comfort when you’ve almost lost hope?


4 responses »

  1. Very timely and inspiring post!

  2. Well done with the timely post!

    A different genre of music, but “After the Storm” by Mumford & Sons plays a similar role for me.

  3. This reminds me of a poem I just memorized. It is called Wait For The Morning by James Whitcomb Riley.


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