Rains pour down day after day and waters rise too high. Winds howl and rip apart homes, smashing lives and sucking up souls- I heard three children were missing and the burning in my mother-chest flares white hot. How does anyone make sense of moments such as this? Who watches the weather and imagines that in twenty minutes their life will look completely different than it did just moments before? Or that this earthly life for them, will in fact end-
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
We are bystanders, rubberneckers, staring, mouths gaping, tears welling looking into the face of all this, this debris- and knowing that these people need a resurrection.
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. Psalm 71:20
You hold all this in your hands and we cannot make sense of these moments. We shake our heads and our shoulders sag under the weight of this and hearts crack wide and all hope threatens to drain out, leaving us dry.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. Lamentations 3:32-33
But didn’t this Son of Man walk on the waves, didn’t he calm the tempestuous seas and bring peace with words? Didn’t he hang high and descend low to bring hope? In the blackest of times, still he remains.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7
The power of the risen Christ is among us still. The Spirit of the Lord moves and grieves and weeps with those who weep.
You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. Psalm 56:8
Pray for those who have suffered, and who suffer still this day. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord comforts and restores hope to those who have lost, who are lost- that he resurrects their lives in the wake of this, and that by his own resurrection and stomping of death, that they may find renewed hope and rest in him.