Like you I have been saddened by the news coming out of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. What can we do now as people of faith? Two things, I think. One, is to pray and the other is to give. Here is a prayer from the Episcopal Bishop of Texas, Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle:
In your Word you have given us a vision of that holy city where the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Sustain those displaced by the storm with food, drink, and all other bodily necessities of life. We especially remember before you all poor and neglected persons it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We can also give. Here is a link to a video from our Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/video/presiding-bishops-message-hurricane-harvey
The Presiding Bishop's message on Hurricane Harvey
Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. "Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us," he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God's children, then we are all brothers and sisters. In our recent days, we have watched and witnessed the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.
Finally, here is a simple link to give online through Episcopal Relief and Development. I will be making a contribution from the Rector's Discretionary Fund, I encourage you to give as well:
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