FAST AND PRAY FOR HOUSTON
It is difficult to wrap my mind around what is going on in Houston. There are roughly 800 miles between my Atlanta apartment and where my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, aunt and uncle live in Houston. Through their updates, I feel like I have been able to stay slightly more up-to-date with what is going on, but when I walk outside and it is beautiful, almost feeling like fall in August I can't even fathom the severity so many miles away.
My sister-in-law sent me an incredible blog post this morning that paints a picture of the lives and stories of families in Houston, but also who God is in the flood. Take a minute and read it here - for me, natural disasters are one thing that raise the question, "God where are you?" and there is so much truth in her post that reminds us of His goodness and where He is.
It is easy to feel helpless, but if there is anything we can do - it is pray. If you are like me, you don't always click on links to read more when reading something like this. If you didn't read the first one, please read this from the same writer of the previous post. I like having tangible things to pray for, especially when I don't know exactly what to pray and Susannah has identified specific prayers for Houston.
Join me in fasting and praying. It's something we can do. We can do it today and in the days to come, but in the months to come let's still continue to pray because although many of us aren't living there and seeing the devastation daily, our prayers aren't just needed when #HurricaneHarvey is trending on the internet. I encourage you to pray (and hoping this post will serve as a reminder to me, down the road, to not stop praying). Houston, and really this world, could use our prayers today, tomorrow and in the years to come.
Final thought/confession...as I have written this post, I realized that I, selfishly, pay more attention to things going on in this world that either resonate with me personally or hit close to home. Two year olds don't share easily and are unable to see a situation from another's point of view because they are egocentric. Well, at 2 + 26 years - I'm still the same way. So I will be adding that to my prayers too.