In the Heart of Harvey: Destruction Creates Hope

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As of the last measurement, Friendswood, Texas has received 49.23 inches of rain during the deluge of Hurricane Harvey.  As many of your are aware, this has caused massive flooding in the Friendswood area and throughout Houston.  The creeks, our natural drainage system in Friendswood, are all at record flood stage.  Over 30% of the city’s homes are under water, and that number could continue to rise.  Parts of the city are totally cut off from emergency services.  It is the definition of a disaster.

Many other parts of Houston and the surrounding areas have lost everything.  As we speak, there are several communities going through mandatory evacuations.  There are concerns over rising rivers, structural levees, and continued release of waters from Houston’s reservoirs.

We have seen rescues by air, water, and boat.  We have seen total strangers come from hundreds of miles away just to give a helping hand.  We have seen communities come together even in the midst of the storm.

I’ve had the privilege of serving in Friendswood, Texas as a principal and teacher for the last 14 years of my life.  God led me to Friendswood to serve at Lord of Life Lutheran School.  I long for the days of being back in the classroom teaching a history lesson.

However, through these last few days one thing has become evident to me.  Through all of the devastation, destruction, and chaos, our God reigns!

There is this truly proud, American mindset that we will pick ourselves up and that we will rebuild and we will come together as a community to move forward.  It is an American thing.  It is a Texan thing.  But it is also a God thing.

The underlying knowledge that we have something that is more powerful than the awe-inspiring nature that has been on display for nearly a week.  The knowledge that God is watching over and caring for us on an individual basis.

It is one thing to say that God cares about people.  It is all the more humbling to think that God cares about _____________ (fill in that blank with your name).  Through this storm, He knew every worry, every struggle, and every situation.

Watching the news reports on television, how can we not come out of this with a sense of hope?  Seeing stranger help stranger.  Seeing boat after boat lined up on the street to go help.  Seeing a convention center full of food, clothing, and volunteers.

Hope overcomes all.  God overcomes all.  God is the source of all of our hope.

Continued prayers for all who are affected by the devastation in Houston.  For many, the worst is yet to come.  The rivers are rising, the bayous are rising, the reservoirs are backing up.

Our hope is there, our hope is unchanging.  Our hope rests in Him.

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