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Here is the world.

Terrible things will happen.

We are certainly seeing plenty of terrible things in our small part of the world. Brother warring against brother, black against white, Democrat against Republican, Christian seemingly against everything.

And now, Mother Nature is making a strong argument in defense of climate change. Hurricane Harvey is pummeling Texas, and more than likely turning toward Louisiana after moving back into the Gulf. Homes and businesses destroyed by high winds and catastrophic flooding. 8 confirmed fatalities, with that number expected to rise before this is over. Dozens reported injured. Over 120,000 without power. At least 30,000 displaced and in need of shelter.

In the midst of turmoil we are reminded by Mr. Rogers to look for the helpers. And we are finding them, the beautiful in the ordinary. Neighbor helping neighbor; regardless of skin color, political affiliation, where they worship or what they believe. A 15 Year old and two friends using a boat to pick up anyone needing help. Other ordinary people with boats, kayaks, canoes, and jet skis, rescuing those who are stranded. Civilians and strangers, simply because there’s a need.

Members of local and national media, suspending news stories, in order to preserve the dignity of those being rescued. First responders from Houston and the surrounding areas working around the clock. Police and firefighters from all over the country on their way to assist.

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, tweeted Sunday, “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.”

Mexico, in the midst of conflict with our government, issued the following statement: 
“The Mexican government takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity
with the people and government of the United States as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and expresses that it has offered to provide help and cooperation to the U.S government in order to deal with the impact of this natural disaster – as good neighbors should always do in trying times.”

For those of us posting thoughts and prayers for Texas on social media, let those words mean something. I know I am guilty of throwing those words out there, and then not actually following through with prayer. Adequate words are hard to come by. Prayers are difficult to articulate in the face of such devastation. Lord, have mercy, a breath prayer sent heavenward, is all I can muster in moments like these. 

We can be the tangible mercy of Christ in moments like these, even if we aren’t on the ground. There are organizations in need of monetary help. Nationally, and in the Houston area, who are handing out hope in the midst of the storm. I want to challenge any of us who are able, to forego lunch out this week, or the morning Starbucks run, and send that money to the organization you feel a connection with.

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The following are organizations where your contribution can directly help those in need in Houston and the surrounding areas:

http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/

http://www.foodbankcc.com/

http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/

https://www.spca.org/news_hurricane-harvey

http://www.portlight.org/home.html  Port Light is a local organization that provides disaster aid to the disabled specifically

https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/

https://www.unitedwayhouston.org

http://www.texasdiaperbank.org

http://legacycollective.org/harvey/

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Here is the world.

Beautiful things will happen.

 

 

 

 

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