Sometimes tragedy hits too close to home.
Last Friday, I couldn’t pull my eyes away from the news coverage about the worst storm in 56 years to roar ashore the Texas Gulf Coast where it hit Rockport, an artisan and fishing community about an hour south of Victoria where I grew up.
For much of the evening, I exchanged Facebook messages with dear friends in the area who voiced grave concern for loved ones “hunkered down” in the storm. Others, who evacuated, typed anxious messages wondering how their homes and businesses would fare against Harvey’s fury. Though I now live in Missouri, and my parents and brother live in San Antonio, we continue to monitor the forecast for the Lone Star State.
Torrential rain and life-threatening flooding are overwhelming Houston, the coastal bend, as well as communities far inland. One meteorologist called the flooding “catastrophic, unprecedented, epic.” Bottom line: “damage as far as the eye can see” describes Hurricane Harvey, which ripped open the homes and hearts of so many I love.
I am grateful for organizations like Texas Baptist Men and Convoy of Hope who are serving the areas devastated by Harvey. Please join me in supporting their efforts “as those who refresh the hearts of others will themselves be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).
Join me in praying for the people of Rockport, Victoria, Houston, and all the flood victims in Texas who have lost so much. And keep praying because many more lives and communities stand at risk:
My Prayer For Those Devastated By Hurricane Harvey
Laura Lacey Johnson
as you look upon the
damage and despair,
surging and sadness,
flooding and fear,
please reveal yourself as our Refuge in the Storm (Psalm 57:1).
devastated by destruction,
brokenhearted and bewildered,
troubled about tomorrow,
and illuminate why your name is “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
we ask you to
heal us with your hope,
fuel our faith,
call us to courage,
and demonstrate how in all life’s storms,
you remain our greatest Helper (John 14:16).
Laura is a blogger and Bible study leader who leverages her experience as a former television news reporter, radio show host, and magazine editor to connect the relevance of Scripture to modern issues. She writes regularly about news and faith at www.lauralaceyjohnson.com.