2012-11-06 - A Different Devotional
Today's devotional will be a little different. In light of the devastation suffered by victims of Hurricane Sandy, I thought it might be helpful if I compiled some info for you guys.
Just as with Katrina, there are people who are hungry. Just as with Katrina, there have been some victims stranded on rooftops for days (I hope they have been rescued), this time on Staten Island in NY. Just like with Katrina, many will have to be relocated. Even after factoring in the restoration of power, there will be up to TWENTY THOUSAND people whose homes are no longer habitable and will need to be relocated. Imagine having to just uproot yourselves from your homes. There has been heart-rending begging for clothing and food. Literally a million people are facing cold nights with no power. And for some, things may get worse before they start getting better. For in two days, a Nor'Easter is expected, which could bring 50 mph.winds etc. Jesus spoke to this issue:
Matthew 25:34-40 (NASB) "Then the King will say to those on His right, `Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, `Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 The King will answer and say to them, `Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
So please read, please do research, please become informed. Make sure you are good stewards, so those that need help the most, will get it. At these church-related websites, you can read about fellow believers who are praying, blogging encouraging comments, donating money, volunteering, and spreading the word about the needs and opportunities to help. Everyone can do something (especially prayer), and some of us can help in several ways. I encourage you to explore one or more of these sites, and to pray for God to lead you. Side note: If you decide to volunteer, please just don't show up somewhere, as well-meaning as that would be, for there are required procedures and criteria. Please check the website of the agency for whom you wish to volunteer - and/or call them, and see what potential volunteers need to do. But we ALL can do SOMEthing to help, especially prayer. The good news is that there are many people helping from different denominations. My own (which happens to be Baptist) has been there since last Monday October 29, feeding the hungry, and they also are sending in roofing and mud-out teams. Below is a sample of examples of assistance. I hope you will find this info helpful:
Thank you, and Godspeed in your help to our brothers and sisters affected by Sandy.