Needless to say, I have spent a good bit of time the past few days checking in with family and friends in North and South Carolina as news reports escalate about potential risks related to Hurricane Florence.  I ask your prayers for ALL who might be in harm’s way, even as our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, Houston, and other parts of the country are still trying to get back on their feet.  They need our prayers too.

First, there is panic about how to keep everyone safe; whether to evacuate or not (and believe me, I have a few very stubborn relatives).  There is anxiety around how to secure basic needs such as food, water, gasoline, generators, etc.; long lines and neighbor helping neighbor, but also price gouging and exploitations.

Many of us have lived through circumstances emblematic of other storms of life that can leave us feeling tossed about, battered and displaced; even like we are drowning or being washed away by rough waters and fierce winds.  The death of a loved one, loss of job or income, illness, and divorce are but a few that come to mind.

Today, I am remembering Jesus out on the Sea of Galilee calling to the storm and winds, saying “Peace be still.”  I pray that you will listen for that voice calling you the “Beloved”; and may you find the peace and courage needed to weather any storm that crosses your path regardless of its magnitude or intensity.  I assure you, the Lord of the storm is with you regardless of how things might appear.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy