We see the images on TV and in the press, hear the stories on radio – but what can we do? Do you feel useless and helpless to help those who are devastated by natural disasters? There is one thing we can do – and never underestimate … the Power of Prayer.
I had this week’s broadcast and blog all set up and ready to send to you about life, faith and Acronyms!
When I received this email from Val Geisler. Val is a business guru and I am on her list and enjoy her regular blogs. Her latest email brought a personal version of what we are seeing in the news broadcasts about the rainfall and floods in Houston and other parts of Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Being a Brit following the weather and talking about it as natural as breathing, but thinking of downpours of 25 cm (3 ft) in a couple of days blows my mind. Our thoughts even remember Hurricane Katrina where the city of New Orleans was devastated! As we see pictures of USA there are probably similar pictures from other parts of the world, which are not being televised or reported in the press.
Unfortunately, many people in Britain have also experienced losing their homes and livelihoods to storms and floods too, in Cornwall, Cumbria, and Northampton to name just a few places. They usually arrive in UK in the winter, though freak floods have happened in other places too.
It might seem that “there for the Grace of God go I” and as we watch from a safe distance, we feel useless and helpless to do anything. We must never underestimate the power of prayer though. Not to change the circumstance but God being there for His people.
Part of Val’s email really resonated with me when she spoke about not the material losses, of property and possessions but of the disruption and severance of normal life. Ordinary, everyday actions in family life that are suddenly affected. It is as she says,
“What my mind has been focused on is the families who can’t diaper their babies,
the pets standing on rooftops,
the business owners who are losing work time and revenue and possibly clients.
I can’t imagine not being able to tuck my kids into their beds and sit down and write this email to you like I am right now.
Val gives a list of reputable organisations who are set up to help, they include the Diaper and Food Bank. Below are a couple of links for you.
And next week, world news permitting, I shall share with you my Acronym news – at the moment SOS is high on the agenda, perhaps you’d like to send me your favourite ones?
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
- Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.
- The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
- To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
- The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
As mentioned in the broadcast, I also avidly read my friend, Rowena White’s Reflections posted on her Facebook page. This one seemed particularly apt.
Lord You are my anchor in the storms of my life, deep rooted and secure
For at times the storms of my life overwhelms me and the water is cold and deep
My boat is tossing about on the angry waves and fear and anxiousness engulf me
But You are right there my lighthouse when darkness is everywhere and I cannot see
You encourage me to get out of the boat and walk toward You
Saying come my child I won’t let you get hurt for I love you so much and you are precious to me
Nothing will happen to you for I am in control of your life
Trust in me for I am God I am Sovereign I will look after you
And when life’s burdens get too much know that I am right beside you
I will lift it off your shoulders and carry it myself and so release you from the enormous weight you are carrying
For you see I went to the cross for just that reason so you might have life and have it abundantly
For I came to save the lost, heal the broken hearted and carry you through those times in your life when hope is gone
So get out of your boat and walk towards me and I will take you to new heights in my plan for your life.
Your friend Your Saviour, Jesus.
(Rowena White: 28:8:2017)
Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O LORD my God.
Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today.
1 Kings 8:28 (NLT)
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