Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Active Processing


I can honestly say that the theme of my summer was "escape your comfort zone." Before the hurricane hit we were in a season of transition and now with the events here in our area, we are processing the aftermath of this impact.

I don't know if we will be able to comprehend everything that happened in a hurry. The interesting thing is that this type of processing is active. We are rolling up our sleeves and working in the Texas heat. We are processing through service, tears, hugs and prayers filled with hope.

Today was the first time many of us were able to attend a worship service. It was a time of praise, adoration, communion, prayers and hope. The one thing I will always remember is that Jesus, the Light of the world, cares about us because He is God Immanuel. He is with us before, during and after the storms.

He is with us while we engage in Active Processing. He is with those who are overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead of them. He is with those who pray for us near and far. He is Immanuel and we have hope in His name.

Grief is a funny way to describe what I feel but it's close enough. I know good and well that grief is a strange land. One must feel all the feelings and process things in their own way. I hope to be an instrument in God's hand to bring hope to many who are suffering around me. It will take time to recover and to heal. I hope to be sensitive to the Spirit of God and to bring a timely word to those who need it as well as a shoulder to cry on.

God is our strength, our hope and our assurance of a future worth having. My complete trust is in Him.

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