Near and Far, Christians Helping Each Other
In the last Tie Binder, you read a letter written to each of the three historic churches that were burned to the ground in Lafayette, Louisiana earlier this year. We were called to help these churches by one in our own church family. We can only imagine the trauma and sorrow they must be experiencing. I was surprised when we received a loving thank you from one of the churches, St. Mary’s. You will see this letter reprinted in this newsletter. That in the midst of their trouble they reached out to us with thanks is incredible.
But wait…we have had tragedy very near to us. Maybe we do know a bit of the pain they have. Our Dayton community has had great loss and trauma with the Memorial Day tornados and the Oregon District shootings. Some of our own folks had damage from the tornados. And our church has received donations and given them in places that will give hands-on help to individuals around us in need.
Some of us have experienced trauma first hand. We were there, we were in it. We’ve been to those neighborhoods; we eat in those restaurants. Some of us watch the news, read the newspaper, catch it on our internet news feed, and second hand, we experience the trauma. We can’t get away from the news, the discussions, the comments, the impact on our area. It’s hard to get quotes on construction, there are no idle tree cutting companies, they are all busy with repairing tornado damage. These situations affect us all in a myriad of ways.
I like to think that Christians all over are watching, reading, hearing the news just as we do. And just as we reached out to other churches to comfort and help them, so are other churches and people reaching out to Dayton, with prayer, with help, and with love. No doubt in my mind that we both give and receive strength and perseverance with our prayers. Our area is a prayer concern in thousands of churches and with tens of thousands of Christians across the globe. Can you envision all the people and places and situations you have prayed for in your life? Hard to even imagine. And then to know we are one of those places that is now prayed for by the rest of the world. It is mind boggling. And we may not realize the spiritual help that is being sent our way, because of the great need we have for it. But do not doubt it is there.
God doesn’t promise it will all be easy. God doesn’t promise protection from calamity. God does promise to be there in the midst of it. God does promise to love and help us through it. And for that I am eternally grateful. Even in the midst of trauma. Especially in the midst of trauma.
Hanging in there,