Serving the Lord in crisis
August 17, 2021
Dear parents and families,
I have felt almost frantic over the past 72 hours. Haiti. Afghanistan. COVID.
The images of Afghan civilians hanging onto the edges of US planes, seeking refuge, will haunt us all forever.
Last night, I saw the gut-wrenching pictures of my cousin, a Major in the Army, hugging his two young children goodbye before he left for Afghanistan. He will be leading one of the 6,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation following the overthrow of the Afghan government.
I saw the devastating images of Haiti, yet again, ravaged by an earthquake. Thousands have lost their lives; even more are injured or without shelter. The USA issued a crisis response, but it feels hollow. Episcopal Relief and Development released a statement on the developing situation.
How do we, as a household, serve the Lord at a time like this?
In the Old Testament reading for this week, Joshua brings the tribes of Israel together and goes into this litany of the history of Israel, beginning with the story of Abraham. Joshua lays it out for the people of Israel, reminding them of God’s enduring presence (even during the Battle of Jericho). “God has been incredibly faithful to us. Serve the Lord your God, or choose your alternative. My household and I? We will serve the Lord.”
God is faithful. Even now. God is weeping with the people of Haiti as they look for their loved ones in the rubble. God is embracing the Afghan citizens as they flee or hide. God is extending infinite love to all those who watch or weep today.
How can we serve God in this time of crisis? Prayer. Send supplies or donations to the people of Haiti. (Episcopal Relief and Development has great resources for how to help.) You can also see St. Martin's response to the crisis in Haiti here. Helping Afghan citizens could include donating airline miles, or donating old furniture to refugee shelters. Here is a list of other suggestions.
Be faithful. Faithfulness is serving the Lord.