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"In the Eye of the Storm" music video

-a great contemporary Christian song by Ryan Stevenson.

Good song with great lyrics that relate the storm to trouble we encounter in life. Some teaching suggestions below.

The above video is the official lyrics version. A fan has created a version with visual images that's a bit longer and includes a partial recitation of Ps 23 at the end.

Some teaching suggestions:

(Idea 1) On cards, write out these questions about the lyrics and deal them to students. Listen/watch and then have each student answer what their word meant in the song. Tip: duplicate each card so that two students are answering each question.

  • What is an "eye" in a storm? 
  • What are the "storms" a person can face?  At home, at school, financially? emotionally?
  • What kind of battles do people face in their life? Which ones are going to be the hardest?
  • What is the purpose of an anchor? And how does faith in Jesus act like an anchor?
  • What does a sail do? What is a person's sails? And what things can "tear" them?
  • How does Jesus surround us with love?
  • What does it mean to sing Jesus "guards" our souls? And why is that comforting?
  • Why did the song end with Psalm 23 ?? (Heard on the non-radio version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB0ReTpA6Gg)

(Idea 2) With your cellphone video-ing the whole thing, re-enact the "Jesus calms the storm" scene with the disciples wave tossed (a blue tarp shaking) in a (cardboard) boat (made out of cardboard or simply a tabletop), while this song plays. Have student prepare ahead and lift up posterboard signs of "troubles and problems" that people experience, plus a few signs calling out to Jesus (using lyrics). Have a student appear walking across the shaking waves. You don't have to use the whole song, just recreate a portion of it. You don't have to show Jesus "calming" the storm if you don't want to. Why? Because Jesus brings the calm we need even if the wind and waves don't stop. (That's something you can discuss with your kids.)


Lyrics excerpted below for teaching: 

Eye of the Storm
Ryan Stevenson

In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm

When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I realize I've been sold out by my friends and my family
I can feel the rain reminding me
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control

In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
....
......

Songwriters: Bryan Fowler / Ryan Stevenson
Eye of the Storm lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group


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