Good Folks, it is the first Friday in September 2017. Today begins the Labor Day weekend, where flags will be posted by the Rotary Club of Duncanville. It will be a time for the state of Texas to reflect on what it has endured and what it will endure for a long time to come.
Folks, the waters will recede. Our communities will rebuild. We will look back at these days and ask, “How did we manage? How did we make it? How?” But by the grace of God and empowering all God’s people with the faith, fortitude and sheer determination to what was necessary to bring safety to people.
It is way too early to put a price tag on the destruction of property, economy, personal and emotional traumatic costs. I grew up in Corpus Christi for just a tad less than half of my 63 years. Hurricanes are something you lived with, endured and realized that it was not “if” but “when.” For Corpus Christi, up to the coast of Louisiana, the “when” arrived with vengeance. And Hurricane Harvey’s name, I am sure, will be retired.
We all prayed for safety for friends and family and strangers alike. Generosity has only begun, with funds and mission teams being planned as the community assesses what would be the best way to approach rebuilding. Houston and the surrounding community has four million plus folks. Part of my family is part of the equation. May God grant us patience, discernment and wisdom to not allow this storm to define who we are as a community. This season of destruction will be forcibly met with a longer season of rebuilding and retooling and preparing. We are not alone. God is with us.
I am proud to be part of a faith community who will be part of the rebuilding of Houston. The United Methodist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Scott Jones, will help other United Methodist Churches across the country, with a game plan to maximize our gifts, time and talent. When teams arrive, they will preach the gospel at all times. They will use words as necessary.
This Sunday continues the sermon series on Fearless. The gospel lesson will be from Mark 4:1-9. The service begins at 10:30A.M. Boeun Kim’s prelude music is a concert in itself. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be served. All are invited to the Table of Christ. There will be opportunities to be anywhere else but in church on this holiday weekend. Don’t miss out on the grace offered at the Table. We have so much to be thankful for. See you then. Bring someone with you.
Blessings from Duncanville,