The running joke every time tragedy or disaster strikes is that those unaffected will offer a trite remark about “thoughts and prayers” going to the victims.
As simple words, that means nothing. As real, earnest action, it can mean everything.
My prayer life is far from perfect, and I am certainly not the expert. However, my life experience informs me that earnest, faithful prayers are transformative – especially when accompanied by action of some kind.
As I write this, I have no idea the kind of devastation Dorian will bring. My ability to understand what the Weather Channel is communicating is limited – even more so my ability to actually prognosticate.
What I do know is that fellow Georgians will see their lives and property threatened – including friends of our ministry. I know that those who represent them, many of whom have been strong friends and allies, have a difficult job ahead ensuring the needs of their constituents are met. I also know that our God-honoring governor and his incredible team – who I could not hold in higher esteem – are working relentlessly to lead and ensure the care of our citizens.
Each of these need our earnest prayers and action to help.
Please pray that the Lord brings protection from Dorian, that He comforts those affected, and He gives wisdom in great abundance to those He has called to lead.
May we, as His Church, offer not a flippant “thoughts and prayers” but real time spent before the throne seeking His blessing and asking how we can be used.
In His Service,
President and Executive Director
P.S. I know that Governor Kemp has spent extensive time in preparation for this crisis, and I cannot imagine a leader that cares more for the people he serves than our state’s executive. If you are in the path of the storm, please, PLEASE heed his instructions. Praying for your safety