Message from Pastor Anne about Hurricane Irma
I drove up to the church this morning and prayed that the church building and the church people would all be safe. It is raining and the road was empty. But as I was returning home the scripture from Isaiah 43: 1-3 came to mind. It says “But now O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do NOT be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Just remember, God created each of us and just as the Israelites were special to God, so are you. God has redeemed us through his son Jesus Christ, and he calls us each by name. As God protected Israel in times of trouble, God will be with us. We are important to God too. Yes, we are about to go through rivers of difficulty (a Hurricane) and we have a choice. We can give in to fear or we can trust in our Lord. We must do what is necessary to keep our selves save, of course, such as evacuating if we were told to do so, having the needed supplies and so forth, but the Lord will go through this with us. If we try to do it our own strength we may fail but if we invite him to go with us we will be OK. Yes, we are going through a storm as those out west are going through devastating fires. But we who trust in the Lord will not drown or be consumed by fires. Know I am praying for you. I will place my Hope in the Lord and praise his name. How about you?