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It’s another picture perfect day in Portland except when I turn on the TV to find that my hometown is going to get hit with the fury of Hurricane Irene losing her temper.

A half of foot of rainfall, winds of up to 50 mph and my house is already among the 5 million homes without power.

And I’m 3,000 miles away and I can’t do anything about it.

Right now, I know a lot of people who are under water and without the power to stop their emotional, physical and spiritual pain. And I feel further than 3,000 miles away from their hurts. I can’t stop it. I can’t do anything but pray and try to be their friend.

The scriptures tell us that know one can truly understand another’s pain or joy! Each person is assigned some measure of good and bad that only God can understand. It’s a divine strategy that either draws us closer to Him as we discover He truly does get it OR it moves us toward anger. “Bitter or better” is the saying my pastor used repeatedly.

Right now, those I love are getting bullied by the rage of a tropical storm while I sit under a beautiful and calm sky on the opposite coast. I am safe and sound. But I am not at ease. I feel for those far away.

Scripture talks about a place where there is no more pain or suffering. In heaven, the bible also speaks of “a cloud of witnesses” up there. (Hebrews 12:1) I like to think they are like those at the end of the marathon who welcome the weary and worn runner. Only those who have made the run truly understand what it takes to cross that finish line.

And what of Jesus whose pure heartstrings are pulled even though it sometimes feels as if He is so far away?

“Christ Jesus…is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34 [Although salvific, it’s no stretch to know He pulls for us especially that suffering might be used to bring some to salvation]

Father, Be My God

Words and Music by Robert J. LaCosta

1st & 2nd Chorus:

Father, be my God

God, be my Father, too

Everywhere and anytime

I want to be near You

As close as Your breast

Be my only rest

Watch over all I think and do

I want to be near You (2X)


Complexity has found me

After years and years of trying

Simplicity escaped me

I watched Eden dying

Loved ones on life’s ledges

Perilously they walk

And I’m caught on their edges

With prayer my only talk


Close to You I hear Your heart beat

It just doesn’t get any better

and this is where love is begun

we feel their pain together

3rd Chorus

Child, be My son, I’ll be you Father, too

Everywhere and anytime, I want to be near you

As close as My breast, come to Me, we’ll rest

I’ll watch over all you do, I’ll always be with you

I love to be with you


“Father, Be My God”: Copyright, 2010. No Reputation Communications, LLC. All rights reserved. Words and music by Robert J. LaCosta.

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