Greetings all, here is your e-votional for the week…

 

To the leader: according to Lilies. Of David.

1 Save me, O God,

   for the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in deep mire,

   where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters,

   and the flood sweeps over me.

3 I am weary with my crying;

   my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim

   with waiting for my God.

                                                           -Psalm 69: 1-3

 

All of us are thinking about waters this week.  The waters have started to rise and they have not stopped.  And not just in South Texas.   The waters have risen in South Asia too.  Nearly a third of Bangladesh and Nepal are flooded, and Northern India is suffering from flood waters as well.  Over 1,000 people are confirmed dead in the floods in Southeast Asia.

Tragedies like we are seeing in Houston should broaden our field of vision to human suffering, not narrow it.  While the flooding in South Texas is certainly tragic, it is a powerful reminder that we do not live in a hermetically sealed bubble.  We live in a world where human suffering is a daily reality for many people.  The Psalmist named the power of the flood waters millennia ago.

As Christians, we can never allow ourselves to become blind to the suffering around us, and such tragedies as Houston ought to call us out of our slumber and remind us that we have much to do.  God asks us to love our neighbor, not merely when they are visibly underwater, but always and in all times.  We have a mission as followers of Jesus.  God is not a product for us to consume, God is a force calling us to a new way of life.

The waters rose in Texas this past week, just as they did in Southeast Asia.  There is suffering in the world and there are people in need.  People just like us.  We have work to do.

Prayer:  Holy God, we pray today for those who are underwater.  We ask that you would help them and save them.  And we pray that we may be your instruments in bringing hope to those in need.  We are ready.   We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.