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Devotional: Meeting the floods of life with floods of grace

Added on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Written by Haley Earley, manager of donor offers for The Salvation Army Northern Division

As the storm clouds gathered, people and organizations were already preparing for the disaster that came to be Hurricane Harvey. Now, in the aftermath of 130 mph winds and 50 inches of rain, communities in southeast Texas have been destroyed.

Yet, destruction has had a way of uniting a community.

Community members have been stepping up to help first responders when the needs have outweighed their capacity. People are taking out their own boats and coming together to lift up their neighbor and bring them to safety. We are surrounded by heroes, as seen in these photos compiled by Relevant Magazine.

It’s as John the Baptist directs in Luke 3:10-11 (NIV):

“’What should we do then?’ the crowd asked. John answered, ‘Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.'”

When the crowd is unsure how to respond to the pains of this world, John’s instructions are simple: give something you have.

Our seemingly small actions are grand actions. During times of disaster, the power of an extra shirt or a shared meal speaks loudest.

John’s words are incredibly relevant today to those living and serving in areas most affected. But, what does this mean for us, some 1,200 miles away? It means we don’t have to wait for a storm of life to share God’s blessings. After all, John wasn’t just speaking about how to act in times of disaster. He was talking about every day life.

Disasters come in many forms: hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and house fires, generational poverty, sudden unemployment, or a debilitating disease.

Thankfully, the floods of life can be met with floods of grace through our kindness to others.

If this leaves you wanting to help those affected by Hurricane, financial gifts are the best way for those living at a distance to do so at this time. Your gift can be used to purchase the item most needed by an individual or family during recovery. Learn more.