“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” – 1 John 4:7-11
When tragedy strikes, the best of humanity surfaces. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Floridans have come together in amazing ways. Whether it’s allowing people to use their phones, giving away free food and water, making meals, or simply lending a caring ear, people are extending a helping hand to those affected by the storm. The ceaseless reports of acts of kindness from strangers – not just loved ones – is evident wherever you turn.
Across the affected area, people have been checking in on sick or elderly neighbors, sharing food and information, driving carefully through intersections without working traffic lights and otherwise supporting each other. There is a sense of cooperativeness that is so good to see. Families are taking people left homeless from the storm. I see people holding hands and praying together. There is a sense of solidarity. And then there is the whole subject of how people are adapting, improvising to deal with the Hurricane aftermath.
Continue to pray for the people in the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael, their families and friends working to rebuild their lives and the thousands of workers who are working to do so.