Every shower and dew, bless the Lord
All you winds, bless the Lord
Fire and Heat, bless the Lord…
Dew and rain, bless the Lord…
Lightings and clouds, bless the Lord…
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord. (Daniel 3)
It was weird praying this scripture the morning after a day an a half of destruction and death here. Wind, rain, fire, seas, and rivers have caused and will cause pain and despair to countless people and places I don’t know, but also to people and places I care about intimately. Yet somehow, in the middle of this storm, these things are supposed to bless the Lord. That’s hard to pray. Yesterday I saw the first pictures of Harvey’s destruction in Port Aransas, an island town that holds special memories in Alli and I’s life, including the shop I got a rash guard when I attempted to learn to surf, the dock we launched from during my first deep sea fishing trip, and the house of a friend partially torn up. We are still left to worry about our favorite candy shop and the summer camp on Mustang Island that served as our home for multiple summers. I’m currently waiting to see if my in-laws house in Houston stays out of water. This feels helpless; only looking at pictures, hearing of destruction, and waiting on what is left to come from the winds, the rain, the raging seas, swelling rivers, spinning clouds that are commanded to bless the Lord. As is typical in these situation, none of it makes sense. Why does this happen? What are these devastated people supposed to do? Why am I not there to help? Why did this happen to my friends and not me? Where is the Lord’s blessing?! Then we prayed,
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and we are convinced that you are Christ, the Son of God.”
I don’t know what to think, what to feel, what to do in the midst of Harvey, but I know I have no where else to go but to Jesus. I hope you will join the church in continued confused-sorrowful-hope-filled prayer while we wait with dreaded anticipation to respond to their devastation and needs.
If you wish to help my friend and his Port Aransas church, Trinity by the Sea, or the Mustang Island Conference Center, or churches (read community of people that gather because of Jesus) in the hard hit areas of the coast and just inland, head over to the DWTX Disaster Response page.
By Sam Regonini