Hurricane Florence has brought catastrophic damage to the Carolinas. In fact, the storm is larger than North Carolina itself and is affecting nearly 10 million people.
As Louisianians, we know all too well what those in harm's way are dealing with right now - from flooding to power outages and matters that are beyond comprehension.
We also know how to help and, perhaps just as important, how not to help.
If you feel compelled to help, here are some of the areas of impact:
As Christians, we should never underestimate the power of prayer.
- Pray for the safety of those in the path of the storm.
- Pray for the safety of first responders already working to get people to safety.
- Pray for the homeowners who are now dealing with a flooded home and belongings.
- Pray for the children who may be scared, confused and angry.
- Pray for the pastors in this area as they comfort those who are grieving.
- Pray for the safety of UMC Early Response Teams and other volunteers who will go in after the storm passes and help begin the clean-up.
In the midst of darkness, you call forth light.
In the radiance of your light, you invite us to walk into the mystery of your darkness.
You are our light in this darkness, O God.
Be our guide, that we may not be afraid to walk where no light shines.
You fill your creation with hope for peace,
but you also remind us of nature's destructive power.
Shelter us in the midst of storms,
that we may offer shelter to those around us.
May we show forth the light of your glory
by offering ourselves in love to all who are hurting,
and all who are helping those who hurt.
When all we have is taken away,
still you hold us as your very own.
Blessed are you, Lord God of the universe,
now and forever. Amen.