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Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. Melissa, as someone who has lived in New England all her life and near the ocean and rivers, I can relate so well. I often times feel like my life is a storm and I have no control. And that’s when I need to remember I need not worry because God has this. I wish remembering this was a natural response for me but eventually I do get it. I can make that SOS call to God anytime.

  2. I live in the Midwest where storms can so easily spawn a tornado. Whether our troubles make us feel like life is a stormy sea or a dark rumbling twister, the only anchor and safety is our God.

  3. Dear Melissa, I live near a harbor on the other side of the country, Astoria, Oregon. We have a legacy much like Gloucester, lots of ships and boats lost on our bar. I love your comparisons to God’s safe harbor!

  4. Thank you Melissa. I imagine you see the history of God’s footprints everywhere. Storms can knock us down for sure! Then comes the calm….our story God has shown us \0/
    Thank you for sharing

  5. Thank you for the graphic reminder that God is omniscient. “Let the storms rage high, let the dark clouds rise, they don’t worry me for I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God!”

  6. I really enjoyed your writing here and the flow of thought.
    It reminds me of that famous Lighthouse picture you see
    where the waves have just about overtaken the lighthouse, yet it stands
    tall and strong. That is a picture of us so feeble, yet as we are safely inside the
    tower we are made strong. God is our Anchor!
    Fun Fact Side Note: I’m dating myself here, but back when the the show Bewitched
    was on in the 60’s-70’s, I believe there was an episode where they were visiting that
    statue you refer to and Darren the main character turns into the Gloucester Man!

  7. Melissa,

    This post reminded me of the hymn “Till the Storm Passes By”
    ‘Til the storm passes over, ’til the thunder sounds no more ‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky Hold me fast,
    let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by. We will have storms in our lives. But God is our secure hope & comfort. He is there walking you through the dark valley. His rod & staff should comfort you.

    Blessings 🙂