When Through The Deep Waters

Photo By: Andrea KilpatrickWhile trying to come up with the right words to say, concerning the flooding in Houston—floods which have been described by a VP from the Red Cross as the size of Lake Michigan—I came across this already written by another Meyer. Dr. Dale Meyer graced us with his words of encouragement last week, on Rally Day. I hope you will excuse me if I step aside from my devotion-writing responsibilities, and allow him to “speak” once more.

The following brief devotional is from Dr. Meyer’s Facebook Page. Each day he offers a devotional thought—what he calls the “Meyer Minute.” Be assured, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School will take action to assist in relief efforts as we are able. In the meantime, may the Lord who controls the winds and the waters bless You through Dr. Meyer’s words. And, as we look for ways to reach out to those in Texas for whom Christ died, may we continually be in prayer for them.

Come soon, Lord Jesus.
Pastor Jonathan Meyer

Meyer Minute for August 28

I watch TV and see one word, “helpless.” Before Harvey hit land, authorities urged evacuations and warned that if you don’t evacuate, they might not be able to help you. Thousands did leave their homes, but you’ve seen the pictures of those who didn’t. In some cases, couldn’t. Ready to give birth. Disabled. Sick. Aged. Rescuers can only do as much as they humanly can do. A meteorologist on the Weather Channel said the “consequences are beyond unimaginable.”

O God, You are our Father. We beg You to bring help to people devastated by the flooding.

We can all be swamped, if not by water by other things. Sooner or later a feeling of helplessness scares us all. Your business is going under and everything indicates you can’t survive. Your health is failing and the doctor says, “There’s nothing more we can do.” You hoped your marriage would see sunnier days after counseling, but no, the end is closing in on you. Your personal finances are a house of cards on stilts and you’re going down, flooded by debt. The ultimate helplessness is death.

How do you respond? Avoid it? The threatening waters won’t rise that high? Or do you fear whatever threatens you? Fear can be salutary to a point. It motivates you to take preventative measures. But you can never be totally prepared. Some did evacuate, but how many tears will they shed when they return to see the damage? The fact of our ultimate helplessness should always accompany us. We are creatures of a day, not as invincible as the facades we sometimes present to the world.

“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 Lutheran Hymnal, 427, 4)

Dear Father, make us Your hands of help and hope to all in need. Amen.

*Photos By: Andrea Kilpatrick ( Pastor Jonathan and Emma Meyer's friend who lives in Houston and is is an art teacher at Lutheran South Academy—which has flooded, too) Information about Lutheran South Academy: https://www.facebook.com/lutheransouthacademy/

Visit www.lcms.org/harvey for additional information on how you can help those affected by the storm.