Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,
so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
On Saturday morning, it will be a week since the tornado sirens pierced the early morning. In times past, these sirens alerted the community to the possibility of inclement weather. However, the blaring warnings on January 11 were no false alarm. Although the damage ranged from heavy rain to significant damage and destruction, we are most thankful that there were no fatalities.
Now that the storm has passed, families, friends, neighbors, and strangers forge new relationships simply because they are willing to help one another in need. Whether you made financial contributions, donated food & water, provided shelter, prayed, or gave of your sweat equity, you made and are making a difference. Through such actions, the love and life of Christ was incarnated in the midst of fear, damage, and loss to convey hope.
Living through loss and disaster can make one feel all alone. It is vital to recovery in every aspect of human life for those outside the effects of a tragedy to gather around those who have experienced the storms of life. It takes those willing to reach into the chaos of a storm’s aftermath in order to incarnate a restored future that storm victims cannot easily see.
Those who feel that brokenness is their new normal need the reassurance of God’s wholeness and goodness. That precisely is the role of the Church in a world shattered by the tempests of nature and life. Pray for those in need, and pray for those opportunities to be the incarnation of the love and power of Christ.
If you would like to volunteer for storm cleanup, there are plenty of opportunities south of Hernando. Also, Samaritan’s Purse, of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is organizing at Cornerstone Church in Southaven. They work Monday - Saturday. Orientation is required and is held at 7:30 am and 12:30 pm each day.
Cornerstone Church is located at 5998 Elmore Rd and you may register ahead of time at www.spvolunteer.org
Click on Desoto County Response.
See you Sunday,