“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed; and who knoweth whether art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Ester 4:14)
The weather related devastation that has occurred in the southeastern part of the USA over the last 48-hours is in a word, overwhelming. Tornadoes, wind and rain has left thousands homeless, hundreds dead and many hungry and without the means to sustain themselves. It is in the Christian spirit that today I come before friends, visitors and neighbors of this Blog to ask for your help and support for the people of my home State of Alabama. The Third Cross Congregation is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse International to do all we can to help the people of this area in their time of need, a time such as this.
As a small child I remember the horror of the drills my family and I would go through when severe weather threatened our home in the rural farm country of West Central Alabama. Many nights it was quite frightening, my Mother would not put us to bed in our pajamas or sleepwear. We would lie across the bed fully dressed ready to run for shelter on a moments notice. A tornado or hurricane, both are common to this area of the country, is a sight to behold, however , it is best viewed from a television screen after the fact.
The power of wind and water is beyond imagination until you have seen the fury and devastation that it can wreak on an area. Fortunately, God has blessed me to have survived the great hurricanes of the last millenium, storms in the North Atlantic and cyclones in the Western Pacific. I have seen the devastation first-hand, up close and a little to personal on more than one occasion. It brings to memory the support and love shown by members of local communities–church and social, strangers and officials from all walks of life. The kind of outpouring I am asking of you today!
“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, and who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). We do not have to prove ourselves with such cynical questions, we know the answer, our neighbor is our fellow-man standing in need during a time such as this. You may not know anyone living in this area, but you know the need, and that is what I am asking for you to respond to the need. Jesus answered the smug young lawyer of Luke 10:36 “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go and do thou likewise.”
PLEASE CLICK on this LINK and give as you may: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/Project_donations?pc=13622 I pray you may be blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth as you bless someone in Jesus name. Amen. Thank You For Your Support of the people of the Great State of Alabama.
- Tuscaloosa Tornado (annem040359.wordpress.com)
- Tornado Terror in the South: 248 Killed by Dozens of Tornadoes (themoderatevoice.com)