Although Advent is more than a few weeks away, today we prepare for another guest—one that is less welcome. As the day dawns with blue skies and light traffic the atmosphere is filled with suspenseful waiting. Most of us are glued to news sources looking toward the next few days. We hope that we have all that is needed in the house and vehicles.
This morning in my neighborhood the city workers were out cleaning the storm drains. The furniture store has moved their stock into moving vans. I’ve noticed that neighbors have been putting bird feeders, plants and chairs into garages. The next few days will be isolating if forms of communications succumb to the will of Flo. Yesterday I stood on my street with my neighbors speculating what will happen. We briefly spoke about how we will be looking out for each other.
During times of crisis the best of behavior comes to the forefront. Many become little Christs. Some will be a non-anxious presence to others and others will offer helping hands to those who live in the area.
Throughout it all we will lift up our prayers for first responders, police personnel, the young and less mobile, those who don’t have the resources to leave or purchase extra supplies. Those who live on the coast have left wondering what will happen to places they call home. There have been many occasions throughout scripture where God’s people have moved without knowing what lay ahead.
As I have done my own preparations I keep thinking about Psalm 46-especially this verse: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold”. The entire psalm has been darting in and out of my brain. I have found it helpful to remember that God is with all who face the storm.
My friends-be safe and look out for each other.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in a time of trouble. Do not let us fail in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confussion, and guide our actions. Protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver any who are still in peri; for the sake of your great mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.