This morning as I write, the remains of Tropical Storm Beta brings rain to my area. Just a good soaking rain, nothing like Beta brought to parts of the Gulf Coast. A week ago, I returned home from Florida and watched the news as Hurricane Sally flooded the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. I looked at pictures of damage to infrastructure, businesses, and homes. I checked on family and friends in the area to make sure they were going to be okay. Storms come.
This morning there are reports of deadly violence in Louisville, Kentucky after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment for only one of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. There were a lot of mistakes and misjudgments made that lead to her death. I am not in law enforcement, so I do not know all their stresses and procedures, but something went horribly wrong to lead to Breonna’s death. The investigations continue and I pray that Breonna’s family and the community get the answers they need. This is just one of a number of cases that are sparking protests and violence in our nation. Storms come.
200,000. This week the United States recorded her 200,000th COVID-19 related death. No matter what you think about the way the numbers are reported, 200,000 deaths is a lot. We all have friends or family who tested positive for the virus. Some of them had few symptoms, some of them suffered, some were hospitalized, and some died. Our health leaders in trying to navigate an ever-changing viral landscape as new studies emerge try to give us guidance on what are the best ways to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. National, state, and local leaders are having to make the “no-win” choice of protecting health (and no over-running hospitals) and protecting the economy. School systems are doing their best to educate children while protecting their health, the health of those children’s families, and protecting teachers. Churches want desperately to bring Christians together for prayer, teaching, fellowship, and the Lord’s Supper all while keeping people healthy and safe. Storms come.
Fires continue to destroy thousands of acres of land, businesses, and homes in the Western United States. Some of those fires were natural (lightning strikes), some were from camp fires or accidental ignitions, and some were intentionally set by arsonists. Dry conditions, high winds, mis-managed forest lands, as well as climate change issues all contribute to the rapid spread of these historic fires. Storms come.
How can I survive the storms?
How can we survive the storms? We pray for them to end, but as there are still hurricanes, tornadoes, violence, injustice, viral infections, and fires. What can I do?
Storms Still Come.
The psalmist has the answer: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psa 121:1-8
Dear Father, be with us in the storms. Help us to see You and Your care even in our darkest days. Help us to get through the storms. Thank You for never sleeping on the job and always watching over us. – In Jesus’ name . . .