Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Hurricane Harvey just hit my state. I live in South Texas an hour from Corpus Christi. My in-laws live in Rockport, Texas. As of this writing, it is the fifth day since Hurricane Harvey hit, leaving behind a path of destruction. (And it’s still damaging other parts of the state and Louisiana.) I can’t begin to express the damage, the loss of life, and the magnitude of the destruction that I’ve seen in the last few days. With that said, even in the face of all the grief and sadness, I can see a ray of light.

I have seen my brothers and sisters band together to work and to volunteer to help those around us.  It amazes me that even in the face of danger and chaos that we can see God’s grace and mercy. We can see his hands moving through our own. It astounds me that I can be assured, even in the face of the strongest gale force wind, that Christ is my rock and my redeemer.

One thing I keep hearing over and over again about the state of Texas is that we are helping each other. It seems to baffle the news reporters from out of state, but it’s nothing new to me. As a Texan, I was brought up to help those around me, and as a Christian, I learned that everyone is my neighbor. Citizens in my area are recognizing that everyone is their neighbor, and we must help those who have a need.

The church has rallied to help in so many ways, and many individual members of area congregations are members of the fire department, EMTs, Police Officers, and Citizen Police Agencies. My brothers and sisters are seeing the needs and filling them as individuals and as entire congregations.

I can't help be reminded that while we help each other there is one even greater who watches over our souls. There is one who will hide us in his sheltering wing (Psalm 17:8), and take vengeance on those who do not serve him (II Thessalonians 1:8).

Today, more than ever I see that God is alive, and together we can rebuild. He is the keeper of our souls and our refuge.


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

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

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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

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