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Intermediate difficulty. 5 page version (ideal for fitting on a piano!) and 12 page version (easier to read) available.

While my family was on a summer camping trip, a violent wind storm came up and forced us to take down our tent and retreat to inside our vehicle. As my husband and I frantically threw everything into the trailer, our four tiny kids were frightened and cuddling together inside the van. When we got in I told them the story of Jesus calming the storm, and sang them "Master, the Tempest is Raging" for the first time. In particular, we talked about the line, "No water can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies!" and talked about how we are the ship, and how our faith and Jesus will keep us safe and steady no matter what happens in life. For weeks afterward, my two littlest would ask for me to sing that at bedtime every night, and as I became more familiar with the words, this arrangement took shape in my mind.

I've tried to portray this song as a progression of faith. The first verse, with its alternating major/minor sections shows a desire to have faith, but wavering a bit when met with trials. The second verse is deeply personal in its wording and setting. It shows the struggle of trial or grief, crying out in desperation, and the thunder of the storm--followed by the sudden peaceful rocking of the boat on calm waters. The third verse is meant to portray tentative, but growing confidence in the saving power of our Redeemer, and ultimately, peace. I have come to love this song deeply as I have worked on this arrangement, and I hope it will be enjoyable to those who may choose to use it! 

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