On Monday afternoon, May 20, a disaster fell upon our neighbors, friends, family in the greater Oklahoma City area. The devastation and loss are only exceeded by the loss of life and the suffering and grief born out of such a crisis. We pray for our neighbors, family, and friends, for sisters and brothers in Christ that have been affected so horribly by this tornado and its effects. We ask for God’s mercy and uplifting presence to bring new life and hope to those who utter on their lips, “I have lost everything.” In Christ may their “everything” be restored.
Interestingly in the midst of such tragedy people respond in a varied manner: some send curses to God, and others count their blessings. As people of faith it might be best if we withhold our judgment in such circumstances and keep our eyes on God, the Lord who promises to sustain us even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We are, after all, the people of faith.
The words of the Prophet Habakkuk come to mind in the midst of such as a summons to faith and perseverance:
Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the God of my salvation.
--Habakkuk 3:17, 18 NRS