It is I

The following is from Octavius Winslow's sermon,
"Be Not Afraid Or, The Voice of Jesus in the Storm"

"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Mark 6:50

Listen, then, to the voice of Jesus in the storm.

It is I who raised the tempest in your soul,
and will control it.
It is I who sent your affliction, and will be
with you in it.
It is I who kindled the furnace, and will watch
the flames, and bring you through it.
It is I who formed your burden, who carved your
cross, and who will strengthen you to bear it.
It is I who mixed your cup of grief, and will
enable you to drink it with meek submission
to your Father's will.
It is I who took from you worldly substance,
who bereft you of your child, of the wife of
your bosom, of the husband of your youth,
and will be infinitely better to you than
husband, wife, or child.

It is I who have done it all.

I make the clouds my chariot, and clothe
myself with the tempest as with a garment.
The night hour is my time of coming, and
the dark, surging waves are the pavement
upon which I walk.

"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

It is I, your Friend, your Brother, your Savior!

I am causing all the circumstances of
your life to work together for your good.

It is I who permitted....
the enemy to assail you,
the slander to blast you,
the unkindness to wound you,
the need to press you!

Your affliction did not spring out of the ground,
but came down from above; a heaven sent
blessing disguised as an angel of light clad
in a robe of ebony.

I have sent all in love!

This sickness is not unto death,
but for the glory of God.
This bereavement shall not always
bow you to the earth, nor drape in
changeless gloom your life.

It is I who ordered, arranged,
and controlled it all!

In every stormy wind,
in every darksome night,
in every lonesome hour,
in every rising fear,
the voice of Jesus shall be heard, saying,
"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."