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Reelfoot Lake at dusk | by Carol Clark Harris
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Reelfoot Lake at dusk

Psalm 46 - the earthquake psalm


My favorite verses from the psalm:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way...


“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”


The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.


The lake you see here, Reelfoot Lake, is 30 miles from my home and was formed by a series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. These were the biggest earthquakes in American history. There is debate as to how long the Mississippi River flowed backwards to fill the lake, but possibly as long as 3 days. An interesting note is that John James Audubon lived near here at the time and wrote about the earthquakes. The psalm I chose was one of my favorites even before I knew it was called the earthquake psalm. This is a lensbaby shot and the cypress trees shown are a feature the lake is known for.


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Taken on July 23, 2012