I walk alone to reach a distant hill.
The night is calm, so clear, and gently mild;
Grows darker, bleaker, colder even still,
A storm soon spreads with power, strong, and wild.
The mighty winds with force impulsive rage
To drive the trees to shake with strength insane,
Upon a frightful, fearful, nervous stage
Before a sky of cold and teeming rain.
The lightning with a sudden blinding flash
Illuminates the sky with brilliant light
And thunder shatters with a mighty crash
To pierce the silence of this unreal night.
This night most dreadful; but I do not fear.
God’s calming hand and mighty strength are here.
Heber Bouland began attending Cradle Roll Sabbath School in 1932 when he was four years old. He is a retired systems analyst and is now an artist and author of The Last Trolley Stop, a memoir about growing up in Takoma Park during the Great Depression. He currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Dolores.
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