As we find ourselves again in hurricane season, let us read Psalm 46 often. Let us remember God, our strength and help. Let us remember that God is always with us. Let us fear not.
The Lord God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear. Though the earth should tremble, the mountains fall into the sea, the oceans rage, God is with us. God will help us early in the morning. Our safety is with God.
We hear these words of scripture as we monitor the approach of Hurricane Dorian. We see the great devastation in the Bahamas and we pray for the people there and offer our generous gifts to UMCOR as we begin the response.
As we watch the storm move toward Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and possibly our coast, we prepare. Attached to this video is a link. You may use this link to access the guidance of our disaster recovery staff.
We in the North Carolina Conference now have 75 staff. Each are persons called, gifted, trained, energized and wise in offering help as storms pass, and as we enter recovery that takes many many years.
As we find ourselves again in hurricane season as we call it in this part of the world, let us read Psalm 46 often. Let us remember God, our strength and help. Let us remember that God is always with us. Let us fear not. Let us respond generously with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. And as we respond in these ways, let us always be aware that we are responding in community with others – United Methodist people and our like-minded neighbors.
Indeed, if your heart is as my heart, give me your hand and we continue this ministry together.