Snowstorms, like most storms, can have a beautiful though dangerous quality to them. Our Midwest weather presents us with a variety of storm experiences. Not all of our storms are about destruction; some are about clearing the air. Storms cause us to pause and re-focus not on what we may have lost but on what we will do with what we have left. The Covid storm is a case in point.
A good song about negotiating storms is on YouTube with the title, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It is done with Michael Ball, a British singer and Captain Thomas Moore who died this month of Covid at the age of 100 years, having served in World War II in the British Army. “Tom,” as he is affectionately called, decided he would do a marathon of 100 walks with his cane around his garden, before he turned 100, to raise money for the heroes at UK’s National Health Services. His slow laps raised nearly 45 million dollars. This song was on his walking playlist, and he recited it for the recording.
The song, which he recites, goes, “When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm there’s a golden sky and the sweet, silver song of the lark. Walk, on walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.” I have added this beautiful song to my Spotify playlist and play it often.
“The lark” in the song is a bird known to announce daybreak. It also is a bird that can sing while it is flying. When going through a storm it is encouraging to anticipate and listen for “the lark.” It most likely will be a message we could have heard no other way.