Daily Devotion Tuesday, May 21st

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – Psalm 42; Ruth 1:19-2:13; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8 and Luke 13:10-17

1 Timothy 1:18-2:8 – 1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

In the face of another major national disaster, the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of 2013, many of us are asking what can we do?

Well, first off we can pray. Our text today calls us to offer supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving for everyone.

So today, pray for the families whose loved ones died in this or other tragic events. Pray for the first responders that they get to those who may still be trapped in the rubble. Pray for government leaders; President Obama and his staff as they respond to national disasters and world events. Pray for the governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin and her staff. Give thanks for the teachers and others who protected and helped the many elementary students caught in the midst of the storm, be with them as they grieve the death of some of their students. So, first and foremost pray.

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance website shares the following: give, act and pray.

Besides praying, we can give and act. We can give of our financial resources to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or one of the other many disaster response groups. Each plays a significant roll in helping in a time such as this. Each needs the financial resources to help them help others. So give. Here’s a link to the Presbyterian Disaster website –

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pda/become-involved-pda-ministries/

American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

and Salvation Army

http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/give/

We can also act. Churches throughout our presbytery regularly fill disaster buckets with items needed in such times as this. Health kits are also made by many churches or youth groups. You could fill or help fill a disaster bucket or put together some health kits. If you do either of these, I can help get you information on where to send your bucket or health kit. Like so many other things, the dollars you use to fill one bucket can often be used by an organization to fill 3 or 4.

Down the line, in the days to come, many will be called upon to volunteer to help people rebuild their homes and thus their lives. Joplin is still in the midst of their recovery, now almost two years after their horrific tornado.

So, today, pray and think about giving and acting to help in the midst of this and other disasters of this year.

O God, be with the response teams who are even now looking for survivors, who are digging through the rubble of Moore, Oklahoma and other devastated towns. Guide them to those who are still alive. Keep them safe, for even as they do their work this day, storms are once again near them. Help your people respond for you have given us hearts of compassion. Amen.

Psalm 42 – 5   Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help 6and my God.

The hope in times such as these arises from the many who respond and help.

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