When I was a little girl, my father was in charge of bedtime rituals. He would begin with a Bible story in the living room, then we would head to bed where we would say our evening prayers. However, my favorite ritual was when he sang us to sleep with a series of songs. As a child the full impact of that experience was lost on me, but when I look back I realize how fortunate I was. One of the songs rings true to me in these tough times: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical Carousel. The lyrics are:
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on; walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.
When my father would sing this song, I envisioned that he would be with us during a storm, so there was no need for us to be afraid. As I became older, I realized that the song meant so much more. During the hard times in our lives our Holy Lord will see us through those tough times. All one has to do is “hold your head up high” and look to the Lord for guidance, strength, and help in a time of need.
Hold your head up,
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, (ESV)