Spurgeon and the Hurricane of 1878

By Christian George - Posted at The Spurgeon Center:

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Since last Sunday, Hurricane Harvey has pummeled the Gulf Coast of Texas with winds raging up to 130 miles per hour. Five people have lost their lives, 30,000 have sought shelter, and Houston—America’s fourth largest city— has become ground zero for rooftop evacuations and helicopter rescues. Our prayers continue to be with those who have lost loved ones, and for those deprived of food and shelter.

Charles Spurgeon can offer encouragement to those struggling in the storm. On Sunday, March 24, 1878, a hurricane struck London. At around 4:00 PM, Spurgeon was mediating on Scripture when the silence was broken “by the noise of doors and windows, and the terrible howling of the blast.”

At that same hour, the H.M.S. Eurydice—a fully rigged, wooden British training ship—was sailing by the Isle of Wight when a hurricane capsized the vessel and killed 364 men. Four-year-old Winston Churchill, who happened to be standing with his nurse on a nearby cliff, watched the ship sink beneath the waves.

Several weeks later, Spurgeon preached a sermon entitled “A Voice from the Sea” in which he referenced the hurricane that sank the Eurydice.

“Do not be happy, dear friend, till you are moored to the Rock of Ages.”

Spurgeon’s sermon comforted his wind-swept nation. And in the midst of our own hurricane this week, his words continue to balm those in need.

Here are twelve quotes from Spurgeon about how to press on in the midst of a hurricane.

Read more here.


  1. This was really good. Thank you for sharing!
    I learned that the Southern Baptists are the first to show up, and the last to go, when disaster strikes.

    I am your newest follower.

  2. You're welcome! Thanks for following... This post by Christian George is both timely and points others to the Lord.


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