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Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41

Today’s readings, three of which focus on the sea, bring to my mind a hymn that assigns to each of the three persons of God the responsibility for protecting us wherever we may be. “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” asks God the Father, who created and limited the sea, to hear our prayers “for those in peril on the sea.” Verse two appeals to Jesus, who walked the hills and plains, to watch over and protect people from “ev’ry peril on the land.” And verse three speaks to the Spirit, “O Wind of Heaven,” to guide us and protect us “from ev’ry peril in the air.” The result of God’s protection will be “glad praise from air and land and sea,” verse four. The version of the song in the Oregon Catholic Press Music Issue is one of many versions of what has come to be called, “The National Hymn.” It frequently comes to my mind when friends are traveling or when the nightly news brings word of threatening disasters. Our loving God is Lord of earth and sea and sky – and a whole cosmos beyond!

What hymn speaks to you, or prays when you cannot find your own words?

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