Just know it will be alright

Even though it’s been eight years since the death of my life long best friend, Randy Porter, there are still times when I feel his absence acutely. We played the song Storm by Jason Wade of Lifehouse over and over in those days. And it’s the song I return to when the sorrow returns again and again. In the lyrics he says “I know everything will be alright”.
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STORM Jason Wade – Lifehouse

How long have I been in this storm?
So overwhelmed by the ocean’s shapeless form
Water’s getting harder to tread
With these waves crashing over my head
If I could just see you
Everything would be all right
If I’d see you
This darkness would turn to light
And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be alright
I know everything is alright
I know you didn’t bring me out here to drown
So why am I ten feet under and upside down?
Barely surviving has become my purpose
Because I’m so used to living underneath the surface
If I could just see you
Everything would be all right
If I could see you
This darkness would turn to light
And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be alright
And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be all right
I know everything is all right
Everything’s all right
Yeah
Everything’s all right

Songwriters: JASON WADE
© RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC

So I immediately recognized a similar phrase Nahko Bear said during the Water Protectors Youth Concert, which was held at Standing Rock just three days after the youth and adults were attacked by security dogs as they were returning from prayers.

When you’re feeling bad, when you’re feeling frustrated, put all your prayer into your palms, put them to the ground, put them back to the sky, honor the Father, the Mother, just know it will be alright.

Nahko Bear at Water Protectors Youth Concert, Sept. 8, 2016

This weekend we are gathering at Bear Creek (Quaker) meetinghouse for the Midyear Meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative). We meet to learn how our friends are doing, and to share our spiritual journeys. It is an act of faith to believe “everything will be alright”, perhaps even more so in these troubled times.

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