When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him. Behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. The Disciples went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. The men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
With the weather and flooding news coming out of Houston, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, we are once again reminded of our mortality and the fragility of life. Yet with all the rescue stories we are also reminded of the greatness of God. Matthew 8 is yet another perspective changer, that age old story of the great storm and the disbelief of the disciples to find Jesus asleep in the boat as seen above in Rembrandt’s famous painting of The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. It’s critical to know in times like these, Jesus is still in charge as our anchor and the one who can calm the storm.
The question many are asking is how can I help?
First, Anglican Relief and Development is partnering with Bishop Clark Lowenfield of the Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast. Based in Houston, Bishop Lowenfield will be coordinating the relief effort among churches in the region. He himself who was forced to evacuate his home over the weekend and says, “Your gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund will mean that individuals in some of the most hard-hit areas will be able to put their lives back together once this is all over.” To give, please mail a check to ARDF, P.O. Box 645354, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5354. In the memo line, please write “Hurricane Harvey.”
Second, be prepared to serve through sweat equity! I talked to Bishop Lowenfield today and we are at the beginning stages of sending a team down captained by our own St. Michaelite Greg Kitchens. As the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast prioritizes the needs, you will be hearing more about how you and or your life group can serve through a volunteer work team. If you would like to put your name in as interested, please email Greg Kitchens at 843-722-4553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings in Christ and thank you for your faithfulness!
The Rev. Al Zadig, Jr.