Unity

Unity 

There are no words to explain how I am feeling today. The thing is, I didn’t have to evacuate. I didn’t lose my car. My house wasn’t flooded. My family is safe. There are still no words to explain how I am feeling today—but I will try. I am sad and I am grateful. I am emotional and exhausted but ready to work. I can’t even imagine how those people feel who lost their homes, cars, employment, and some who lost loved ones. I try to imagine but I cannot. All I know is that this disaster changed many lives forever. Because I am a part of this city, then it has changed mine as well. Every time I watch the news of rescues and see the devastation…I find myself in tears and also find myself needing to do something. Our church is doing something. Our little church is providing food, water, etc. to those in need. And prayer. We pray with every person that comes to receive. And so they receive physical help and prayer. It never seems like enough, but there will be help needed for a very long time—both physical and spiritual. But, if I can help people understand that God is present in the recovery process—through the hands and feet of strangers—but that God did not DO this to them, I will have helped build one bridge to hope. The way people are helping one another regardless of color, age, religion, gender, orientation, socio-economic status—this is the kind of unity this world is so lacking. But we see it can happen. Unfortunately, it takes a disaster like this one to see this unity. Can we learn from this?  I hope so. Will we? I’m not so sure. What can you and I do to promote unity? See each individual as a human being—not as a color, nationality, poor or wealthy, etc.—but each as part of the same race—the human race. Treat each individual with respect. Love each as you love yourself. Help when they need help. Receive help when you need help. Listen when they need an ear. Cry with them. But don’t judge them—that’s not our job. I know it seems idealistic. But, as Christians, it’s how we are called to be and what we are called to do. Let us be the ones who set this world on fire with this kind of unity, this kind of love. It’s happening now, in the midst of this disaster. It is my prayer that in the years to come when the disaster is a bad memory, the unity and love live on.  AMEN

Blessings,

Rev. Deanna M. Young