When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2 ESV)
Whether you are looking at the evening news or out your front door, life can be and is very OVERWHELMING.
Hurricane Matthew has wrecked havoc up and down our SE coastline. As a community of believers WE MUST PRAY for those that have had their homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, but that is not enough!! We must put ACTION behind those prayers.
For some the destruction has been severe; loss of home and community. Matthew has changed their lives forever.
Did you know that 37% of the children who were displaced by Katrina suffer from anxiety and behavioral disorders? I don’t want that to happen to this generation of Matthew survivors.
I do not pretend to be a psychologist but I do know that everyone needs to ensure they and their loved ones address any mental health issues. Obviously if you are in the middle of cleaning up the roof that is now in your living room or wishing you just had a living room, you may not be in the position to get counseling now; when you can, do so. Take advantage of any programs your community offers.
God not only wants us to pray, He expects us to act.
For those of us that had little or no damage we can help physically, financially, or by reaching out…even with a phone call.
Physically… Our youngest son lives about 5 hours away, so he asked his friend that lives near us to check on our home as we had evacuated. Before we came home his friend had done some minor cleanup in our yard and the next day he helped my husband for several hours. We are forever grateful for his labor of love. When we pulled into our community our new neighbors came over and lent a helping hand… only for a short while as they too had debris to deal with, but their actions meant so much to us.
Financially… Find a charity you trust and support them.
Reaching out… As I have read the various Facebook posts, it has been apparent that as friends shared their pictures of their damaged homes or businesses, it was important to all to hear from their friends. Even if it was just a “sad” face or a few words such as “I’m so sorry.” Most could not help, as they were dealing with their own issues. But stories of neighbors helping neighbors, friends calling one another… that is what we as Americans are made of… grit and compassion.
Seeing our community come together has been inspirational. How have you been a part of the story? Share your experiences of grit and compassion.