Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fires and Earthquakes and Hurricanes.. OH MY!

"Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightening to the ends of the earth.....For to the snow He says, Fall on the earth, and to the downpour and the rain, be strong...Out of the south comes the storm, and out of the north the cold. ...With moisture He loads the thick cloud; changes direction, turning around by His guidance, that it may do whatever He commands it." These are excerpts from Job 37.

Hurricane Irma is supposedly the size of France. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding. Crazy isn't it?

Things too numerous to count will occur through all this tragedy. I don't know the why but as a believer in Christ I have to ask what can we do.

 We can pray. I see countless posts on facebook asking for prayer. For those who are hurting over loss of family or homes. For jobs and concerns for loved ones.

We can meet needs, either housing, financial or providing services. Matthew 25 "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat and I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me. Naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me." --The interesting thing about this passage to me is that we should always be doing this - not just when pushed up against the wall or out of guilt. It is evidence of saving faith.

I am just as at fault with this. There are so many ways we can help those around us. After Hurricane Harvey we saw so many stories of hero rescues. Neighbor helping neighbor. And I am sure the same will happen with Irma. That is so awesome. There are needs every day all around us.

CHOOSE now to continue to help those you know and don't know. Find some way each week. Set a goal. Make a meal, meet a need, help someone with groceries. Visit the widow, volunteer. And yes, continue in prayer for the myriad of needs that are plaguing us.

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