Sweet William and I have the weather channel tuned throughout the day. We check the latest updates of Hurricane Irma.
We have friends and family who live in Florida, Alabama, and our concerns for them give way to breathing prayers during our daily activity. And not only for them but for others in the path of this storm. Some have left looking for higher ground and others choose to stick it out. We pray for mercy.
A little closer to home, a different kind of storm cloud gathers and swirls over lives. Our prayer list is long with those sick and with needs beyond the ability of medical professionals. Some things can’t be helped with a prescription.
While we rejoice with those who rejoice, we weep with those who weep. We feel their suffering to some degree. We identify with their pain. When we have felt the sting of adversity, we cannot turn away in deafness to the heart cries we hear.
There is a time for laughter, rejoicing, and celebrations. I love those seasons.
There is also a time for tears. We must give ourselves permission to participate in both. Hiding our tears is not a sign of strength, as we have been made to believe. The strong cry and they are the better for it.
May we bear with those who need our support and prayers, holding them up to the Father of all comfort.
May we rejoice with those who celebrate and be happy for them.
May our hearts be tender to our fellow man and do for them what we can.
The One who calms the storm is also the One who can calm His child in the midst of the storm. We trust Him no matter the weather.