Daily Devotion Wednesday, August 29th

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – Psalm 147:1-11; Job 6:1, 7:1-21; Acts 10:1-16 and John 7:1-13

Psalm 147:1-11 – 1   Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. …

7   Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8   He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.

This morning I have coastal Louisiana and Mississippi on my mind. They are being inundated with high winds and rain as hurricane Isaac sits on the shoreline just south of New Orleans. Some predictions I’ve heard is that these coastal areas could receive as much as 24 inches of rain from last night to when the storm departs the area and heads north. That’s a lot of rain. Please be praying for the people in the area of the storm, especially the first responders and the poor who may not have had the means to evacuate the area.

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance group recommends that we help fill the GAP when there is a disaster; Give, Act and Pray.

Give – share some of your financial resources with those who immediately reach out to others when a disaster strikes.

Act – Stay informed about current needs, volunteer on a mission team (John Calvin Presbytery sends teams out during the year. Presently they are scheduled to go help once again in Joplin.) and assemble gift of heart kits. I’ll be putting out the disaster bucket at Community Presbyterian, which we can fill to help in this disaster or others.

Pray – We can also pray. In reality this is what we can do from the beginning to the end of a particular disaster. Prayers do help. Prayer helps us remember those going through a disaster and we can always ask God to guide us as we and others respond through the government and the many different church organizations to a particular disaster.

Here’s a link to the PDA website for further information and updates; http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pda/become-involved-pda-ministries/

This same storm system hopefully will bring some much needed rain to our areas, adding much needed water to the lakes around us. Problem is it might also bring flooding to our area.

O God, be with those who are responding to the natural disaster occurring once again in south Louisiana and Mississippi. Be with the first responders, the power companies employees, the rescue workers, government employees who respond and church related people who will send aid immediately. Guide each of us as we seek to find ways to help fill the GAP by giving, acting and praying. We’ve been praying for rain, looks like we’ll get some and maybe more than we hoped for at least at one time. In our praying may we not forget those affected by the natural disasters caused by the drought that will be with us for rain now will not counteract the effects of the draught on farmers and ranchers. Guide us your people as we strive to help others. Amen.

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