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Hurricane Humor: Keeping Joy

"I've been saying for the past 40 years,  'Honey we are going to clear this house out. We don't need all this extra junk.'

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I've been the 40 year broken record that my husband can't seem to toss out. 'Course I'm too wiry to stop spinning. Plus I'm the stronger one in this relationship. But you didn't hear me say that so shhh...

So yeah, when we first got married and got way too much: 'Honey, we are going to clear this house out.'

Then when we had our kids: We don't need all this extra junk.

When we became empty nesters and really packed it all on. You get the idea. 

And then we just kept getting more and more. Finally, I think with our house being the only one on this street to get flooded, I think God was saying 'Alright. Enough of that.' HA!

It's like we were wrote into our own 40 days and 40 nights legend, ain't it honey?  

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Hey, maybe they can teach about us old pieces of work in Sunday School. What ya think? HA! 

I know, I know. Most people won't go making jokes right now. But I can't help myself. I just gotta laugh. Or, you know, see the good stuff."

 

Arguably the hardest thing to experience in the remenants of catastrophe, like Hurricane Harvey, is joy. But what God shows us is that even in the middle of the bad in the story, seeds of good are planted.

I believe humor is one of those seeds. Meant to be shared, to encourage, to bring a smile. And to remind us that no matter the loss, pain and struggle, (and even with some much worse off than others), we can see the good. And we can get through.

 

Zephaniah‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭CEB "On that day, it will be said to Jerusalem: Don’t fear, Zion. Don’t let your hands fall. The LORD your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.”‬‬

Hurricane Harvey: Losing Everything
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"It's all gone.
Everything.
Shocked can't describe it,
I guess.

Seven feet of water?
Are you kidding me?
How can this...or we...
and now we still got a foot out here in the street days after?

I don't know...

We've been here 34 years.
Now our kid's pictures are torn up.
Family trips up north.
Their letters from elementary school.
I guess they're only a memory like they say, you know?

Thirty-four years,
everything was okay here.
Now thirty-four years has been washed away, just like that.

But we're still standing, I guess.
I mean,
aren't we?" 

A voice that reflects the same thought of so many devastated by the flood waters of Harvey in Texas (and, now, even those left in Irma's path). So many asking the same questions. If you feel led to extend a helping hand there is always something you can do.

  1. Pray consistently and specifically for those affected.
  2. Give to a relief organization that is helping in the recovery process (do your research and pray about which to choose).
  3. If you are free and/or able, give of your time at some point. Whether that means collecting supplies or heading to locations for rebuilding.

The recovery process will be going on long after it's reported. May God work in all our hearts to help our neighbors who are hurting no matter what storm they are affected by.

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Matthew‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.”

For Those in Nature's Destructive Path

With so much afftecting our world right now, I thought this poem might bring some encouragment. So whether you are in the recovery process, are about to be hit by a storm, dealing with fire or anything else that might be a battle, this is for you:

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“Hope Wins”

In the times of your struggles,
in the weight of your pain,
May you not feel like you're wasting away.

There is hope for you daughters & hope for you sons.
Hope that says your soul will not be undone.

Hope that fights far past all of the bleeding. 
Hope that defends when the storm gives you a beating.

It comes in the form of being with you at all times,
even when all sound is as loud as a mime.
 

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It comes being for you, no force stands against
It's power & love, so don’t ever lose this sense
of having nothing to fear, nothing large nor small,

for this hope, my friends, is the God of all.

Song for a Storm

"How long have I been in this storm?

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So overwhelmed by the ocean's shapeless form

Water's getting harder to tread
With these waves crashing over my head

If I could just see you
Everything would be all right
If I'd see you
This darkness would turn to light"

 -"Storm" by Lifehouse

 

Whether you're in a physical storm or you're getting hit with one spiritually. (Or you're even in both). Here is a song that might reflect what you're feeling and give you some hope.  

 PSALMS 107:28-29 (ESV) “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”