Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:27

A Loving Response to the Texas Floods

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Descriptions of the SE Texas floods seem to stretch for adjectives. "Unprecedented." "Unparalleled." I've even heard "apocalyptic." And certainly the uninterrupted coverage leads us to struggle with a sense of awe, angst - and especially for Floridians, a background sense of foreboding this could be us...

What are we to do with our sense of helplessness? Frustration? Maybe even wondering why God would allow such a thing to happen? 

In short, turn to Him! 

First of all, the Bible makes it clear that in the Fall, creation itself found "its bondage to corruption" (Romans 8.18-22) I.e., as a (systemic) impact of sin, "cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you will eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you..." (Genesis 3.17-18)  Creation became dis-integrated and a cause of pain.... and hurricanes.... and floods... even epic floods. The point? God isn't sending a nasty message to the people of Houston; He isn't the cause of weather tragedy - but the Source of help within such tragedy brought about in a fallen and dis-integrating world. 

Turn to Him in Pslam 46 and be reminded that in the midst of the storms and floods, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble."

Turn to Him like the prophet Jeremiah and plead, "Be not a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster." (Jeremiah 17.17) 

Turn to Him for spiritual and physical shelter like the Psalmist, "For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent he will ilft me high upon a rock." (27.5) 

Pray for those in the floods even when you don't know what to pray. Trust that, "The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." (Romans 8.26) 

Donate to those experiencing the overwhelming nature of the floods. 
LCMS World Relief and Human Care (Disaster Response) is a credible source that stands ready to help with a history of good stewardship of funds and people equipped to serve!  


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Pastor Karl Galik

Pastor Karl Galik is the Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Naples Florida.

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