Christ Be With Me

Posted By on Apr 27, 2012 in The Life I Live, The Places I Go | 9 comments


As I write this I am 30,000 feet in the air, headed to Haiti with a handful of Project 7 teammates. We are going to plant fruit trees as our Save the Earth campaign culminates. And truth be known, I am a little nervous. Okay, I’m a lot nervous.

Nervous because while I have experienced poverty, I haven’t experienced the darkness one hears about when discussing Haiti. Nervous because I have heard first hand Dan Woolley’s stories of surviving in an elevator shaft for days after the 2010 earthquake. Nervous because diseases like Cholera and Malaria are still real threats to Haitians and travelers alike. And nervous because Haiti feels dangerous, and as lame as it is to admit, I like feeling, being, living safe.

Last night as I climbed into bed and allowed my thoughts to spin, I started whispering to myself…

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I wasn’t quite sure where the familiar words came from {a quick google search told me that it was from St. Patrick’s Breastplate and is said invoke protection on a journey} but they are the words that I will take with me to Haiti and will holdfast to on all the journeys laid before me.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death-wound and the burning
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Friends, will you pray for our journey? And in the comments let us know how I can be praying for you?

 

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  • Amberhaines

    of course, friend.

  • http://waterwatereverywhere.net Sarah Hubbell

    You had better believe I’ll be praying. I’ve become intimately familiar with stories of Haiti in the last month as we have begun our journey to adopt from there. We will undoubtedly be traveling there often in the coming months and years. There is darkness and danger, but there is also hope and renewal. The Lord goes before. 

    • lindseynobles

      Sarah, He definitely does. Love that you are adopting from Haiti. I can’t wait to follow along.

  • http://refineus.org/ Justin and Trisha

    praying for you my friend! Can’t wait to hear about your experience. 

    • lindseynobles

      I miss you guys!

  • http://twitter.com/tamaracorine Tamara Taylor

    Praying for your journey – that you give grace and help, and receive grace and help. And that you learn as much as you teach. 

    Yesterday I was diagnosed with depression – more severe than was thought previously. For the first time, I’m on medication to balance out my moods. It’s breaking my heart that my mind can be so frail. I’d love your prayers for me… not sure what, because I’m not sure where God’s will is here… but prayer matters…

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I’ll be praying for you Tamara!

  • Ashley Williams

    Praying everything goes well, cannot wait to hear about your experience!

    • lindseynobles

      Thanks Ash!