The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is asking for funds to help Acton, Granbury, Cleburne and West disasters. There are many needs and we should be willing to make a sacrifice for our fellow human beings.
“Work for the Night Is Coming” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. The Scripture was John 9:1-5.
Why do bad things happen to good people? How could this happen in the U.S.A.?
Pastor Ken said It has been another unbelievable week of questions in the light of human tragedy. I picked the Scripture for today long before there was a storm in Granbury or the explosion that nearly wiped out West.
One day Jesus and the disciples met a man who had been blind from birth. Some of the group wanted to know who is to blame for this. Did this man sin or was it the sin of his parents that caused him to be born blind?
Some say that the people are to blame for the tragedy that has unfolded on our TV’s. Why didn’t they get out? They had ample warning. Some people say the systems failed. It’s the government’s fault; its FEMA’s fault; where is the Red Cross and why doesn’t the church do something?
One of the worst things we can do is get on TV and say to people sitting on their rooftop during a flood is “We understand how you feel!” We don’t know how they feel.
As a Game Warden, I have rescued people and families with babies off their rooftops because of a flood. It is heart wrenching to see the suffering.
Some groups claim that God is responsible for this storm or that disaster. It was the same as leveling Sodom and Gomorrah. Some atheists will cite the suffering of people as an excuse for unbelief.
What was Jesus’ answer about the blind man? He said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned.” “This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. Work while it is day. For the night is coming when no one can work.” In the Old Testament Book of Job, Job asks God why people suffer, God replied, “Your small mind could not comprehend it if I tried to explain it, oh mortal one.”
We have an opportunity to be the “helpers of the hurting.” We have collected health kits and flood buckets in the past for UMCOR and we could do it again. We can write a check to UMCOR. We can pray for God’s mercy, comfort and guidance for those affected and those on the front lines of relief. If you are able bodied, you could contact Lorraine Wahtal in Granbury to volunteer. She trains those who want to assist.
Send money and let the groups on the scene buy the goods in quantities that will not need sorting by volunteers. It is difficult to sort out a small donation of supplies and get them to the right place.
Relief is not about making us feel good. It is about getting the resources to the right place, in the right way, at the right time. United Methodists do not need to make a big scene about going, they are already there.
Let us ask the Lord to help those in need. Let us ask the Lord to help us live by faith when we cannot live by sight.