A new storm is raging. 

Storms are amazing. The sheer power and sometimes devastation that can come from a big storm can be a very scary situation. Most of the talk this week has been about tropical cyclones, and the people that are affected by them. 

Watching the response and unity that was a follow up to hurricane Harvey was incredible, and encouraging at the same time. During a difficult time in our nation’s history, we witnessed people of all colors and cultural backgrounds come together for the common good. People who on a normal day would have been arguing over petty things, came together in amazing ways to help and love each other. This is America. 
In the scriptures, Paul warns his young student Timothy that times and people will be difficult. He writes;

2 Timothy 3:1-5(NLT)

3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

We are seeing Paul’s warnings to Timothy coming to fruition every day. People are acting out, and insanity is slowly taking over. But, that’s not what I saw in Texas.

For the most part, The acts of kindness and love we have witnessed in Texas far outweigh the madness of our every day lives. People seem to have remembered that we are human, and our greatest act to each other, is Love (1 Corinthians 13 4-8)
We need to remember that our neighbors are living in the same maddening world we are. difference is, most of them don’t have the hope that we do.  As much as they aggravate or upset us by their words or actions, our response should always be Love.
So here we are again. A new storm is raging. Our family and friends are between it and us. People are going to be hurting. They are going to need to see us responding in love, even if our world is falling apart. I am personally writing this, with loved ones in the direct path of Hurricane Irma. Am I sacred?? I certainly am. But I am also praying.
I am praying that God would protect everyone in the path of this storm. I am praying that God would divert the storm out to sea. Lord protect these people, in the powerful name of Jesus!
I am also praying for more workers to be prepared to respond and Love the people who’s lives are impacted in the next week.
What storms are raging in your life, that need to be embraced by love??

Till next week,

PJ.
If you want to donate to the hurricane relief efforts, here are two really good organizations to support.
http://www.convoyofhope.org
http://www.christinaction.com

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