This morning, I sent an email to subscribers on my e-newsletter list, a request to give and to pray. I thought I would share it again here:
Dear Friends and Readers:
I tried to send a message yesterday in addition to my regular newsletter, but I had problems with the server. Thus this message is going out a day later than hoped.
I, like many of you, have been watching the news with an aching heart over the destruction left behind by Katrina. The loss of life. The loss of property. The lack of basic needs like food and water while people wait for aid to reach them. And sadly, by a few who loot and even fire guns at those trying to help, the loss of restraint and submission to moral and legal authority.
I’m sure there are many subscribers to this reader list who cannot (and may never) receive this email due to loss of power and/or phone service –or worse — but for those who do receive it, I would like to encourage you to (1) pray and (2) give generously. There are many, many fine charities out there mobilizing to care for the refugees left behind by Katrina. Many will be homeless and jobless for weeks and months.
I made my first donation to the American Red Cross, but as time goes by, there will be other organizations to which I will also give. You can easily go to the Internet and find many worth supporting. The Salvation Army and the Southern Baptist Relief Fund (100% of your donation goes to the relief!) are two other sources that I recommend highly.
we know that trials and tribulations are a part of life in this fallen
world. We are reminded of our desperate need for You. We praise You
because we know You are an all powerful God who reigns over the earth,
even over disastrous times such as this. We don’t understand why this
horrible thing happened, but we will look to You in the midst of it.
Things are very desperate right now for the survivors of Hurricane
Katrina. The troubles seem overwhelming and without answers. I ask,
Lord, that You would grant us eyes of faith and hope. Help us to be
Your hands and feet to those in need. Stir our hearts with compassion
and spur us to action. Don’t allow us to forget the poor and the
homeless simply because we are removed from the effected areas.
Father-God, we ask You to move in a mighty, mighty way across this
land. May many see Your glory in the midst of this troubled time. In
Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thank you for praying and for giving. And may God bless you many times over for both.
In the grip of His grace,
Robin Lee Hatcher