Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In the Aftermath of Hurrican Irene

This week New Jersey (along with many other areas) was hit hard with a hurricane.  Along with the hurricane came massive rains causing historic flooding of the likes that have never been seen.  Many people have lost houses, cars, businesses, and even their lives.  In some places, entire towns were wiped completely off the map.  Some things are just impossible to prepare for, and the worst ever flooding is one of those things.  Dams, flood walls, and levies have all failed in various places.  People were helpless as rivers slowly rose over the past few days knowing that their homes and lives were going to be unavoidably shattered.  Such is the case of a natural disaster. 

Next week my life should be back to normal and so my regular postings should continue.  Today, once again, I am short for time but what I have is a short but very important message.  This is especially true to those living in the affected areas.  We have all watched the Tsunami his Thailand or Katrina hit New Orleans.  We sent money to Haiti and we have prayed for all those affected by earthquake in Japan.  I am sure that most of us have wished we could do more, but were limited by geography.  And for any who once uttered those words "I wish I could do more," well your wish has been granted.  Now is the time to put your actions where those wishes once were and step up to whatever God may have for your during this time.  Were those empty words or did you mean it?  Now is the time where that question will be answered. 

Over the coming days, weeks, and months, there will be many people in much need.  People will need new homes, new things, and new lives.  Many will be hurting and many will be inconsolable.  If you have never lost everything, you could not possibly begin to understand what they are going through.  I can't and I will not pretend to.  Now is the time to use your prayers as a time to report for duty to see what God has for you to do.  It may be providing a place to stay, it may be giving money, it may be donating items you no longer need to families who can desperately use them.  Now is the time to live those messages we hear every Sunday morning and get about the business of doing the Lord's work.  Jesus shared the message of the Good Samaritan and we must take that example and live it.  Pray first, but then act on what God tells you to do.  Share the love of Jesus not just with words but with your actions. 
Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded [him], and departed, leaving [him] half dead. "Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to [him] and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave [them] to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"  And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."   Luke 10:30-37 NKJV

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