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Pastor Pondering April 10

What happens when the waters rise? What happens when the storm overtakes us? What do we do when the house we’ve lived in is deemed no longer “suitable for human habitation”? The photo albums and Christmas ornaments and grandmother’s wedding china is hauled out to the street to be put on the pile with the bed, waterlogged sofa, the drywall, and moldy carpet. This is what the people of Houston and surrounding areas are still dealing with seven months after the storm came through. Five of us from Calvary Church are here to offer help.

One house we worked in was owned by a man who lived there fifty years, raising a family and building a life. Another home was raised up with jacks in order to comply with new housing standards after the hurricane. But while the repairs were being made, someone stole the jacks holding up the house. Still another house we couldn’t get to since the city had to release water from a reservoir upstream and flooded the only road to the house. So much damage, so much loss and when the week is done, we get to go home while those in Houston still wait for a home to come.

This morning we read the words from the hymn, “How Firm a Foundation”. The words in the fourth stanza are God’s words to people facing troubling times:

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

 The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;

For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless

And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”

The troubles don’t at all seem like a blessing while we are going through them. But God is promising to sanctify (that is, “make holy”) our deep distress and bring something redeeming out of something terrible. I don’t understand the math, but we are all called to trust that God can work it out in some way. Meanwhile, we do the best we can to show others that they are not forgotten or alone. We can look for the light to shine in the dark places and let that light be reflected others.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steve