One thing that struck me about this USA TODAY article, Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination With FEMA, is not only the amount of help that faith-based organizations are offering, but the variety of ways they are doing it.
From this article, there is no shortage of ways people of faith are offering boots-and-hip-waders-on-the-ground support for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as they have been doing long before now.
They are not all bringing bottled water. The various parts of The Body are finding unmet needs and filling them. Some store and deliver diapers. Some bring chainsaws. Some help with insurance and aid forms, some offer ears to listen and shoulders to cry on. All offer the best they can.
From my own personal knowledge, people of faith living states away, are offering what they can. Some offer money and donations. Some offer their businesses as collection centers. Some offer their expertise as linemen, traveling south to help get power back as quickly as possible.
Each group, each person, is finding specific needs and areas and helping fill them as best they can.
It’s a beautiful picture.
I’ve seen the bands of rain from the hurricanes swirling over the cities and states. I’ve seen the water, mud, debris, destruction they left behind.
Then I picture these various people and organizations moving in, spreading out, planting their feet in the mud, their goods and services flowing out and over the damage.
If this could be viewed from a satellite, it would be a web of light and life covering death and destruction. It would be a blanket of love, hugging a hurting world.
Because you cannot have movement of hands and feet without movement of hearts.
With a movement that size, you cannot write an article long enough to fit in all the good that’s going on. But I hope they try, because people loving other people is news we all need to hear.
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