At the time of writing, hurricanes are all over the news. The Caribbean, Texas and Florida have been badly damaged. Not so much in the news is the devastating flooding in parts of Asia that affected millions more. Being on retreat, those staying at Lutherlyn were hungry for news from those who returned to their homes at night, and our discussions revolved around what we could do. So many are miserable. So many have suffered losses. In the time between this writing and publication there may be more happening.
To all this, God addresses us with today’s reading, a message of hope in troubled times. We are reminded that at some point there will be a time for rejoicing and celebration, for God wants each of us to come under God’s protection and care.
In the meantime, God’s people are continually called to reach out to those in suffering and hardship. We are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless and so much more. We are called to do something that brings hope to a suffering world. And we respond because of what Christ first did for us-his death and resurrection.
Lord, give me the courage to spread your hope to the world in some way today. Amen. — LGR