“When the storms of life are raging, stand by me”  …

Right at this very moment, there are clusters of storms, those whose borders are bleeding into one another, leaving their personal clusters and building into collective catastrophes. Many are personal as always, but as most are aware, global storms are looming in the distance.

In no way is the health crisis comparable to being soothed by a 54 year old recording of a Presley song. It’s bigger, much. A massive part of the “bigger” stems from the unknown. Unknown now, unknown tomorrow, and unknown as the results don’t just trickle down, but rain upon us in ways we cannot image at present.

I would be amiss as an admin if I simply passed by the elephant in the room and put another record on or posted a lovely photo to be admired. Business as usual can’t happen because the usual is changing in a monstrous manner. Ooh-ing and ahh-ing has a place as a diversion to give the mind some respite, but all needs to be kept in proper perspective.

“When the world is tossing me like a ship out on the sea, thou who rule-est wind and water, stand by me” ….

As a community of the earth, we’re connected. Emotionally, mentally, spiritually and even more so physically, as we’re seeing the coronavirus spread in an unprecedented manner. Please, take care of yourself and take care of others around you.

“When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me” …

Some things in this life are sadly inevitable, aging, illness, infirmities, hardship and heartbreak. Life ebbs and flows like the waves relentless slapping the shore. One follows the other in a pattern. Slowly but surely, we accept things and we adapt. What is unfamiliar becomes common. 

“When I do the best I can and my friends misunderstand, thou who never lost a battle, stand by me” …

This beautiful gospel anthem speaks to praise of the Creator for the promised omnipotence and omnipresence. Not all have the same belief or even a belief at all and that’s personal to the individual. Regardless we can arrange to stand by one another and be supportive amid this chaos and crisis just as the human spirit has done in other travesties. The only race we should care about is the one we are all running, the human race

Be kind. You and I both know for certain, Elvis Presley would have responded in a similar manner, caring for his fellow man, not dependent upon like beliefs but simply as the humanitarian that he was.

If self quarantine becomes a necessity and life changes are inevitable, there is plenty of Presley music to keep company with. For the introvert that I am, social distancing is not an issue for me. For some, it will be more of a hardship. Be patient.

Please let others know how you are and how you are being affected and how we can help. And offer a hand (or a fist bump) to those around you. Even a virtual fist bump can sometimes work wonders.

The rich and soothing tone of this beautiful song is worth an attentive listen. The voice wraps you and holds tight those who need to hear, whomever you might be and wherever you sit in any inevitable storm.

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Stand By Me

When the storms of life are raging

Stand by me 

When the storms of life are raging

Stand by me

When the world is tossing me

Like a ship out on the sea

Thou who rulest wind and water

Stand by me

When I’m growing old and feeble

Stand by me 

When I’m growing old and feeble

Stand by me

When I do the best I can

And my friends misunderstand

Thou who never lost a battle

Stand by me 

Thou who never lost a battle

Stand by me

Recorded 5/25/66 Nashville studio B, 1st released on How Great Thou Art