1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present [well proved] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Jordan River reverses its flow during the Blessing of the Waters January 18, 2006 - the video is not clear and full of chatter - the reported events were by Fr. Milovan Katanic:
This specific video was recorded through a cell phone camera on the day before Epiphany Day in 2006, during the blessing of the waters which takes place every year on the same day in the Jordan, at the very same spot where Jesus Christ himself was baptized.
Those who have visited the Holy Land or those who plan to visit in the future, should know that when one stands on the Israeli side the current of the Jordan always flows toward the right. This can be confirmed by anyone who visits the Jordan at any time of the year.
"During the blessing of the waters, the same miracle is repeated (some years with more intensity) that, according to our Holy Church, occurred when Jesus entered the Jordan to get baptized by Saint John: “the Jordan reversed its flow!”
On January 2006, I had the opportunity to witness the occurrence of the miracle and along with more than 4,000 pilgrims from various nations, observed in awe this Great and Unique miracle, which was recorded with a cell phone camera by one of the pilgrims we knew and which we considered our spiritual responsibility to share with you as infallible evidence of our Lord’s presence amongst us.
During the ceremony which was led by Theophilus the Third, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (who was standing on the same bank with us, that is on Israel’s side), and by one of Jordan’s Orthodox priests (whom we were able to see on the other bank of the river, on the Jordanian side) the waters continue to flow as usual toward the right. However, as soon as the Patriarch and the Jordanian priest dropped the Cross into the river, chanting “En Iorthani Vaptizomenou Sou Kyrie” (that means “During your Baptism in Jordan, Lord”), the waters started mysteriously to bubble in places. The bubbling then spread, and the river developped two currents (!), one running to the right and another running to the left, with the two currents finally merging into each other! Eventually, after a few minutes, the miracle was completed! The new current was steadily flowing! The Jordan had reversed its flow like then, when God Himself was baptized in it and Blessed it!
This miraculous occurrence lasted (more or less) as long as the two Crosses remained in the river. Right after the Crosses were taken out, the Jordan started reverting to its original course (to the right) until the change was complete.
In the next few days the news of the miracle started spreading all over the world. For example in Russia, the news service “Interfax-Religion” reported the news as follows:
“Moscow, 24 January 2006: around 5,000 pilgrims from around the world became witnesses of a miracle, which took place in the holy river Jordan on Epiphany day.
Immediately after the blessing, the waters, the Jordan started flowing backwards, exactly as it did after Jesus’s baptism, as the daily newspaper Zhizn (Life) wrote.
At the very moment when the silver crosses were dropped into the calm waters after the blessing, the river started bubbling, and there was turbulence in the water, while the flow of the river was reversed for several minutes.
A yell of surprise and awe from the 5,000 people present enlivened the Judaic desert. People had difficulty believing what their very own eyes could see, exactly as it was 2,000 years ago, when Jordan reversed its flow the moment Jesus Christ entered its waters.”
With God all things are possible. Perhaps for us today, we should realize if the waters of our life are smooth and peaceful - God is there. If the waters are mountainous, roaring and foaming, God is there - in all seasons - Be still, and know that I am God.
Blessed be You, Father God, creator of Heaven and Earth. Blessed be Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, hovering over creation in the beginning and today existing in all the people who believe You are the Lord. Amen.