A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (2)Wichita has had some dandy storms the past couple of days.  There’s been some damage to roofs and a couple of fences have blown over, but we’re not in the path of Hurricane Matthew!  Isn’t it strange how when it’s put into perspective, a fence being destroyed becomes small stuff?

Hurricane Matthew has killed more than 100 people in the Caribbean alone and portions of Florida have evacuated, while parts of South Carolina and Georgia still may need to evacuate.

Today’s post is a reminder to all of us to pray for those in this devastating hurricane’s path.  I want to share two poems that Lucinda wrote.

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how-to-sleep-through-a-stormTo be honest, I don’t sleep well during a storm, so this advice hits home with me.  We all remember the story, don’t we?  The story is shared in Matthew, Mark and Luke, but I like the account in Matthew the best.  That, and I like the irony that the hurricane’s been named Matthew.  😉

24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”  – Matthew 8:24-27

Let’s pray.

God Who not only created this world, but Who is in complete control of it,

You already know what lies ahead for each of us.  Father, You are aware of the loss of life, the loss of property, the devastation that folks in the Caribbean have suffered.  We pray for healing and for Your comfort to be with them at this time.  Lord, touch the survivors and give them an extra dose of Your peace and love, as shown by Your people.  We are Your workers, Your hands – guide us to do whatever it is that You’d have us do.  We cannot begin to know what it’s like to start all over again, building from scratch while hoping that what you build does not get destroyed.  We pray for the kind of strength and wisdom that only You can provide.  We pray for Your peace and love be showered on them as they rebuild.  Lord, hear our prayer, for we humbly ask these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

There’s another storm howling outside as I’m writing this.  The winds are strong, but not hurricane force.  I sit snuggly in my recliner, trying to see through my bifocals that need a serious cleaning – lol.  But, I’m safe.  I’m warm.  I’m dry.  My house is in one piece.  For all that, I am so grateful.

Take time in your busy day to pray for Hurricane Matthew victims.  May they find a supernatural strength to keep going forward.  May God bless those who lost loved ones especially.  May God bless those who lost property.  Many prayers being said for them today.  🙂

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