"The bow will be in the clouds, and upon seeing it, I will remember the enduring covenant between God and every living being of all the earth's creatures." God said to Noah, "This is the symbol of the covenant that I have set up between me and all creatures on earth." - Genesis 9:16-17-
As waters rose and now begin to reside in Texas, I am reminded of how quickly our lives can change. Sometimes we have warning that the tide is about to shift, but often it rises when we least expect it. Or is rises far higher than we ever believed it would.
Almost ironically, I am reminded of God's promise through the rainbow that was made to Noah. God didn't promise that everyday would be full of sunshine, but we are promised that through it all we are God's and God will not abandon us. Grace will continue to shine through the clouds, no matter how thick they seem.
Just as God's grace continues to act when we face times of trouble, we are called by God to join this grace for others whenever they face times of difficulty. As the people of Texas return home and begin the restoration process, we know that we are called to be a part of God's grace there.
Our faith teaches us to pray for all whose lives have been upturned, and also to be the hands and feet of God. To help with the physical rebuilding process by volunteers whatever we can to help. This is where the grace of the church is alive and at work, building and restoring the lives of those who are at a loss. Tomorrow we will be holding a special offering for the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please join us at 9 AM or 11 AM as we conclude our Hope series and are reminded, "you'll get through this."