Al Miller is a rock star.
If you don’t know, Al is our Conference Director of Disaster Response Ministries.
If you see him, definitely give him a safely distanced air hug or high five!
When a storm is approaching, Al and the Disaster Response Team
are always several steps ahead in order to inform and guide the rest of us
so that we can stay safe and respond quickly.
As a new DS, I have witnessed first hand Al and his team’s hard work
to get us all prepared for Isaias.
There is so much that needs to happen and does happen before a storm,
Al and his team are the people who get that work done.
They go before us all to ensure that our Districts are prepared
and have what they need before, during, and after a storm.
That’s a good feeling.
Knowing that there is someone going before us…
going before to help us prepare for the coming storm,
and recover from whatever damage may occur.
Yes, Church, that is very good.
The Psalmist in Psalm 139:7-12 talks about that very thing,
about how God goes before us:
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
It doesn’t matter where we go.
Whether it’s the highest heights or the lowest lows,
the furthest far, or the darkest dark,
God is already there!
God goes before us to meet us in life’s storms,
to hold us and to guide us through,
to provide the help we need to weather the storm,
and to dispel all doubt that we have to face any storm alone!
Let’s hear this Church!
Whether it’s the storm of illness,
a broken relationship,
the challenges of a new job,
school and college online,
the loss of a loved one,
or the greater and more complicated storms
of a pandemic and systemic injustice too long allowed,
…God is already there!
There is no place we can go or be where God isn’t!
And the darkest dark that would threaten to swallow us up
is as light to Almighty God!
Praise the Lord!
Yes, it’s good to have someone who goes before us,
to help us prepare and recover from a storm like Isaias.
It is beyond amazing to know that the God of the universe
goes before us and is already at work…preparing our way through life’s storms
and breathing peace to them and to us!
May we trust, may we notice, may we receive.
Certainly, storms have power to create damage and loss.
That’s the nature of a storm.
And, that’s why it’s so important to remember that God is already there.
When the damage comes, God is there.
Picking up the pieces and rebuilding is never something we have to do alone.
God is there, God is with us.
Which means, that in the midst and in the aftermath,
we can know God’s peace, offer God’s grace, and be co-creators with God —
rebuilding God’s good born out of God’s forever love and life
through Christ our Savior!
May God help us to respond with grace and courage
so that our hands and our hearts
become the hands and hearts God uses
to pick up broken pieces,
bring healing to what’s been damaged,
and restoration to what’s been lost.
Thank You God for being already there!
Weathering with you and thankful for you,
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