“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22.
Regardless if church doors are open —or if your church is even still standing after Hurricane Michael — God’s people still have work to do. Everywhere in our communities are people who have lost everything. They need help putting their lives back together.
We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus even though in many cases we are putting our lives together at the same time. Not just to one another, but also to the overall community. “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27) The Bible beckons us to use our time, talents, and treasure to help the vulnerable (Acts 10:4), and Scripture is rich with examples of people who God used to bring about redemption and recovery in times of disaster. In the midst of the horror of Hurricane Michael, we can demonstrate the real presence of Jesus Christ.
We don’t have all “the” answers. What we have is the ability to humbly serve. Right after the storm, we first asked questions, seeking first to understand, and trying to get a sense of needs of the people, the basic needs, water, food, etc. But we also want to connect with people and do more. The worst thing that can happen is people finding themselves isolated and withdrawn from others during the rebuilding process. Helping others in the community by loving them and supplying their basic needs is a powerful source of social support and healing.
Hurricane Michael has been a nightmare for so many people, and I would not try to convince you otherwise. But this is also an opportunity. It is an opportunity for all of us who attend Northstar to proclaim the love of Christ in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible,
1. If practically possible, how can you be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ this week?