The news in and around Hurricane Harvey as it makes it move across Texas and the Gulf is not good. Fierce winds, multiple tornados, record breaking rainfall and devastating flooding equal a multitude of hurting people. Take a moment and realize that these are REAL people like you and me, and they are hurting very badly.
Jesus shared near the end of his earthly ministry one of the measuring sticks of being a disciple of Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew records this lesson noting Jesus’ imagery of sheep and goats, but the lesson is really about making a move, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ He spoke of several contexts in which our willingness to love God by loving people were especially near His heart. Hunger, thirst and hopelessness are hard if not impossible to solve in isolation.
The accompanying image of this woman walking in waist high water totally alone brought me to tears. And not just her, but the tens of thousands of others that will be rendered devastated by this natural disaster. The call from Jesus to a move strikes me as a grand opportunity for the people of God to move to display the good and gracious nature of God. But, it requires us to make a move from what is in our heart to take action forming in our mind what our hands can do to help.
So here is the invitation to join me/us in that move from heart, to mind, to hand and let’s be the Body of Christ and be the hands and resources that help and go beyond intercessory prayer to a visible expression of our love of God and these who are in need. This weekend, at Mount Pisgah, we will assemble 1000 flood buckets and will gather a very generous love offering to help those who are hurting. Come join us in this move. Details at http://umcor.org or http://mountpisgah.org