Anchor for the Soul

We had an amazing time in Miami last week, as leaders from our churches around the world joined together for our annual ILC (International Leadership Conference – view video footage at dtoday.tv) It was really inspiring and encouraging to hear all the great news and to meet attendees from many different countries on the other side of the world.  We held our annual worship leaders’ conference at the same time, and that was a phenomenal time as well.  We had a time of teaching / learning new songs, and this was a song I shared.  (We also did this song at the SW conference a month or so ago.)  Since that time I’ve had a of requests for the lyrics/chords/sheet music for this, so I thought I’d post it.

To share a little background about the song, I was asked to lead worship for a singles retreat a few years ago called “Beachstock.”  The theme for the retreat was called “Anchor for the Soul.”  When my friend Tony Martin picked me up from the airport he said there wasn’t a theme song for the retreat and asked if I had any ideas.  At this point it was late at night and the retreat started the next day!  I told him I could pray about it and sleep on it and see if God gave me anything.  (I don’t claim direct inspiration in the sense that the gospel writers did or something, but I do feel like God inspires songs, gives them as gifts to me – I’ll write more about that some time.)  Anyway, as we drove to the retreat location, it was pouring down rain and there was lightning all around us.  Most of the singles retreat events were all supposed to be held in an outdoor amphitheater so we prayed that God would give us relief from the storms!  The next morning I woke up with this lyric and melody on my mind, and the weather was gorgeous.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRg1WckNox4]

Here is a recording from us singing the song at the SW Christian Conference:
Anchor for the Soul – live at SWCC

Sheet music:
Anchor For The Soul – sheet music

ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL

Anchor for the soul,
Shelter from the storm;
Thunder and the lightning
Can be very fright’ning,
But God is in control.
Anchor for the soul,
Shelter from the storm;
Manna in the morning, 
Blessings overflowing,
Leading us to home.

This world’s not my home,
Just a-passing through.
Through this life I wander,
Treasure stored up yonder
Somewhere beyond the blue.
On my way I learn 
Through each path I take.
Every day I’m growing,
On my way I’m knowing
Heaven’s worth the wait.

When the day is gone,
When my journey ends,
Won’t be nothing better
Then to be together 
With all my faithful friends.
We’ll all join in song
Gathered ’round the throne.
There’ll be no more sorrow
Someday when tomorrow
Heaven is our home.

G / G / amin7 / amin7
C / Dsus / G / G
G / G / amin7 / amin7
C / Dsus / G

Be Sociable, Share!

12 thoughts on “Anchor for the Soul

  1. Hi Brian!
    Thank you SO MUCH!
    I am eager to hear more about the launch of the new songbook sampler – heard my brother’s song was in there. Where can we get that if we weren’t at the ILC?
    We look forward to adding “Anchor for the Soul” to our song lineup! It is such a great song. Thanks for making it so accessible!!!

  2. Bro,
    This is the song from the conference that made me cry… so moving, I know it was based on hebrews 6 ” certainty of God’s promise..it encouraged me and gave me hope for my kids…We performed this 3 weeks ago and we’ll sing it again tom. It’s amazing how the rhythm keeps the song alive..

  3. Brian,

    Thank you so much for writing this song. When I first heard this song yesterday November 7, 2010 at the Sunday service of LA coastal region for singles, campus, and teens, it was so much touching my heart and I couldn’t stop crying. Since after, I was eager to get this lyrics, and so happy to get it now this morning. Tonight we’ll have small celebration with 4 families as a mom & daughter’s dinner party~ and I will write down this lyrics to put it on the board that I made for my daughter with her pictures. It’ll be very special for her and and also will remind God is an anchor for her soul. Thanks again. God blesses you.

    Sister, Ran Park

  4. I was part of the technical crew at the SWCC, and heard this song.

    I dreamed about the song tonight, and God wouldn’t let me stay in bed. I honestly didn’t even remember your name, the song’s name, or even what it sounded like, so it was a bit difficult Googling. I found the LAICC.net site, found the link to you (“Oh, yeah, that’s him – J. Brian Craig.”), and started scrolling.

    I can’t tell you how wild it is for God to wake you up with a song that you heard months ago, look for it, and then hear it coming out of your studio monitors.

    I said all that to say this – thank you. This paraphrase of the Word set to music has strengthened me and encouraged me during a really rough time.

    • Thanks for the really encouraging story, Vince. I’m so glad the song could bring you encouragement!

  5. Hey Brian,
    I first heard this song in the Minneapolis Church of Christ and absolutely fell in love with it. As soon as the song leaders there taught it to us, it became a favorite to a lot of us. I moved back to India a few months back, and tonight we’re having an all night prayer and me and my dad are planning to sing this song and teach it to the disciples here. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. God is so awesome, and it’s so incredible how he inspired you.
    Ysic
    Nadia

    • Sorry, I didn’t realize I had this message – just seeing it. Thanks for your comment; encouraging to hear how God is using the song!

  6. We sang this at our all-night prayer in Mumbai, India. Soon the whole church will be singing it. Thank you so so much.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*