Scripture and Sandy

by TFA Fellow Christopher Barrow


In addition to all of the wonderful pictures and details of the strength and fury of our blustery guest, Sandy, we thought that it would be interesting to share with all of you an insight into our community that speaks to the focused patterns of life here.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Academy, one of the rhythms at the start and end of every day are Matins and Evensong, traditional services that have been held by the church throughout history. A few of the liturgical aspects incorporated into these services are prayers, hymns, and bible readings.

While Sandy’s wind and waves displaced us from the chapel where these services are normally held, we continued to keep these patterns in the Windrush House. There are a few elements that we thought were particularly relevant to the events of the past few days. Keep in mind that as we have been reading through Scripture, we keep to a structure that was set in place since late August when we arrived at the Academy. After going through the book of Isaiah, we have been reading through the psalms one by one and through the book of Genesis chapter by chapter.

Friday 10/26 (Hurricane Sandy begins its approach towards the East Coast)

Psalm reading for the day: Psalm 29:3

   The voice of the Lord is upon the water;

   The God of glory thunders;

   The Lord is upon the mighty waters

Evening Scripture Reading: Genesis 6 – Noah prepares the ark for the flood


Monday 10/29 (In the midst of Hurricane Sandy)

Psalm reading for the day: Psalm 27:7

   Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble;

   When the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.

Morning Scripture Reading: Genesis 7 -- The filling of the ark and the beginning of the Flood

Evening Scripture Reading: Genesis 8 -- The end of the flood and the finding of dry land


Tuesday 10/30 (The worst of Sandy passes and the waters begin to recede)

Psalm reading for the day: Psalm 33:7

   He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water skin

   and stores up the depths of the sea.

Morning Scripture Reading: Genesis 9 – The new covenant with Noah and the rainbow

Needless to say, it was interesting, perhaps providential, to see how in our normal patterns of life God brought verses of Scripture into our daily rhythms to remind us of his sovereignty over nature, his attentiveness to our prayers for protection, and his grace to carry us through one of the largest storms in recent memory.

Thanks be to God.