August 18, 2016 in Church News
I think another aspect of this disaster that has not been clearly portrayed on the national news is what the people of Louisiana have found this past week. A community that just recently made headlines because of racial tension and violence has found its true heart. Of course, it has always been there. But it showed itself once again in a time of crisis. The willingness to help and sacrifice for strangers in need is something that comes naturally to the people of this part of Louisiana. The number of people who were rescued by men and women untrained in emergency response is great. Although growing up on the bayou was perhaps the best training these rescuers could have ever received.
For our brothers and sisters in Christ who have “lost everything,” they have found something even greater than the love and support of their community. They have found that when you take all the stuff of life away, all that remains is the love of Christ and Spirit-worked faith. And that is enough. You can read a hundred times Paul’s words to the Romans that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” but only after losing everything, do you truly grasp their meaning.
There are many who suffered this devastating loss who do not know this sustaining love of Christ. Our prayer is that the Lord would use his earthly hands, the church, to reach out to them and help them in this time of need–not only that they might be able to rebuild their lives and regain the stuff they need, but also that they might find so much more–faith in Christ and a hope that lasts forever.