“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers.”
–James 1:22 (NASB). Tonight on NBC Nightly News, they featured the many volunteers in Nashville who are helping neighbors and strangers recover from the floods. These people are definitely doers of the word. Out of sense of duty and love, people are driving to Nashville, crossing barriers, and even reaching out to complete strangers to help in a great time of need.
I also find myself worrying because I am not sure this family can put this house back together again but they really do not have a choice. There is so much damage from the water and the house was not really meant to be refurbished but rather recycled. In the end, I just have to let it to God to provide and care for these folks.
It has been a good and profound week. I have felt the presence of God in many ways and I realize that I have been a tool in God’s work this week. I have been privileged to meet a wonderful family and serve them as they begin the recovery from the recent flooding. I am not sure how we really came into contact but it was a God thing. They had a need and I have been helping to fulfill it. I am amazed and blessed to be part of God’s work in this world.
I am sitting here and realizing that I had access to some folks who had the tools and abilities and the desire to help others. God brought me to a family that needed help. I realized that I can organize and plan and God brought me to a family that needed help. I realized that I wanted to do “real” ministry and God brought me to a family that needed help. I have been blessed to be used this week!
Here are some additional ways you can help the greater Nashville community continue to recover from the recent floods:
- Visit the Southeast Nashville Flood Volunteer Center at Antioch UMC or call 615-290-7785 for more information
- Food and cleaning supplies are being distributed from Antioch Church of Christ, 2142 Antioch Pike, to those impacted by the flood. 615-834-3063 Donations are needed of cleaning supplies: buckets, mops, brooms, bleach, gloves, hammers, prybars etc.
- Donate to the American Red Cross and make sure you note: Nashville Flood Relief
- Pray for those impacted, those helping, and those leading Nashville and surrounding areas in this difficult time.
To assist flood victims and recovery efforts in Metro Nashville, sign up at Hands on Nashville (http://www.hon.org/).
To assist flood victims and recovery in Franklin/Williamson County, contact GraceWorks (email: email@example.com); in addition, you can donate food, diapers, and other household items to GraceWorks which will be distributed through the American Red Cross.
The People’s Church has set up a page on Facebook (search TCP Flood Network) to allow people to connect with other folks who are in need of help or who can help.
The American Red Cross headquarters on Charlotte Avenue in Nashville is looking for volunteers to pack and distribute boxes of food to flood victims throughout Middle Tennessee.
The Second Harvest Food Bank is also accepting food donations, monetary donations, and requesting help to box food supplies for flood victims.
For those in Middle Tennessee, all 3 local network stations (ABC, NBC, & CBS) are running a telethon tonight and tomorrow night from 7:00 to 10:00 to raise money for the American Red Cross and the Second Harvest Food Bank.
“Whatever you did to the least of my people, you did for me” –Matthew 25:40
The tongue of your shoe often says more about than the tongue of your mouth.
Preach Jesus always and when necessary use words.
In those moments, I was grateful that my family and my “stuff” were safe but it was even more than that. In those moments of witnessing the power of water, I was reminded that God is God and God is in control. I heard the experts saying that they could control the flooding and prevent widespread damage but in the end, they couldn’t. I heard stories of people who thought they could get in the water and have fun and be safe but they could not. I watched news video of people who bought the million dollar view of the river and moved next to it only to experience the devastating power of rushing water.
God, my friends, is still God. We may think we have great power and control with our technology but we really are simply part of creation that was created by a Creator. Now, I am not saying that God is venegeful and sent this flood to destroy us. No, I am simply saying we need to be in awe of our God and realize that we really do not have the power and control that we think we do. It is a lesson in humility.