Caring

Caring

I, like anyone else that lives in the Houston area, or the Rockport area, or the Beaumont, Lake Charles, Vidor area, am emotionally drained these days. This, I’m sure, comes as no big surprise to those of you who live in or near these areas. You might say, “Well, I’m tired of hearing about disaster recovery.” However, my beloved, we cannot put disaster recovery aside. We must be in it for the long haul because it will be a long haul. For some who feel like they cannot contribute to the recovery process for physical, financial or other reasons—I say, “Yes, you can!” We can continue to pray into this process. Some who are older and cannot muck out homes, there are many other things that can be done—putting together flood buckets, cooking a hot meal for someone, picking up their prescriptions, the list is endless. I was taking a day of rest and finding that I still needed to do something productive. I baked some cookies, went and picked up 4 of my young grandchildren, picked up water and then we drove around one of the neighborhoods that had been flooded. The idea was to hand out cookies and waters to the people mucking out the homes. I told my grandchildren what we were going to do and I asked them “Why are we doing this?”  My 5 year old granddaughter, Madeline said, “Well, Mawmaw, I’m doing it because I care about people.” My heart swelled and I said, “That’s right!” Out of the mouths of babes. We do all of this because we care about people. And, because we care, it can be very emotional. But, here’s the thing my beloved, we must choose to see the good and the God in the recovery process. We must choose to be hopeful and positive about the future—because we have a God that is all about the future of His people. God knows our suffering and God is with us. God is working and God’s people are joining Him in His work. God is present and powerful, healing and soothing, guiding and encouraging all of us to do what we can. Our church has been collecting and giving out food, water, diapers, clothing. We are a small church but we are doing what we can. Some of our people will be helping our adopted school to register all the displaced children in their new schools. Some are helping their children’s teachers. Some are serving at the George R. Brown shelter. These are disciples of Jesus Christ serving as Christ taught them to serve (John 13:12-16). There will be plenty of opportunity to serve in this recovery process. Let us spread hope as we serve with smiles on our faces. Let us do it because we care about people.

Blessings,
Rev. Deanna M. Young