The Grief of Losing One’s Home…

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. Anne Roiphe

Meditation:  Many have lost their homes in the state of Texas that has first been hit by a hurricane and now by a tropical storm’s rising water levels. I saw a photo yesterday of several nursing home residents in wheel chairs engulfed to their waists in water, waiting to be rescued. They were saved. I heard the story of a young mother rescuing her 8 months old daughter and her mother by creating her own shelter with 200 other people in an empty Elementary School. Thousands of people are being displaced. People have lost their homes and all their belongings. Fear, exhaustion and grief are flooding the state of Texas while tons of water desperately look for ways to drain. The country grieves with the vulnerable, the misplaced, the evacuated and those still waiting on the roofs of their houses to be rescued. We pray for strength for those rescuing others in need and for our nation to respond with urgency and strategic wisdom.

Prayer: God, we pray for the many who are still in danger and who need urgent help. Let helpers get to them. Let all lives be saved. We pray for those who feared for their lives and who made it to safety, now grieving that they had to leave everything behind. In Your Spirit of unity, let communities come together, let people reach out and save each other. Let Your presence be felt in the many rescue shelters and in those who rescue others day and night. God have mercy. Amen

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6