August 30, 2017
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Ever so often, and too often, we face the kind of widespread tragedy that we witness now from a distance on the Texas coast. The trouble is varied, from blown-down houses, lack of infrastructure, floods, rain, lack of necessities to the intangible but very real problems of weariness, worry, sadness, loss, and despair. The sustained length in time of all the above is unusual and especially tiring this time.
At first, the survival mode keeps everyone moving because they have no choice. Yet, that can only be sustained for so long. The sheer weariness of body, mind, and spirit, starts to sap the strength. People eventually require a time-out and rest. The rescued find that in shelters where they can. The rescuers do not. They keep going. But they too must rest at some point.
That’s why it takes all hands to hold, to lift, and to strengthen the worried and wearied. God always seems to grant supernatural strength and endurance to hurricane heroes who never seem to grow tired of doing good, even when they are exhausted. We praise God for them, and we pray to God for them. So then, lift up also the rescuers in prayer, as you pray for your family and friends who are among the millions of others also in need of God’s sustained grace.
For those whose lives have been devastated by the floods and winds of Harvey, let us not be weary in doing good either. The first responders are doing a remarkable work of God. We can be second and third, and perpetual responders for the long term needs that will still be there years from now.
To never weary in doing good is but to follow the example of our Lord’s work in rescuing us from the unthinkable disaster of eternal death. Jesus did not grow tired as he ministered the love of God in His life and in His death. We love because he first loved us, and as He loved us.
For strength we pray that we may strengthen others.
P. S. That we may render aide “especially to those who are of the household of faith” consider donating at http://txlcms.org/how-can-i-help-hurricane-harvey/ .