The Pastor’s Corner
July 2019
“No weapon (Tornado) formed against us will prosper!” Isaiah 54:17
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through him who loved us. For I am con- vinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8: 37– 39
Dear Members and Friends,
A super mega natural disaster took place as you know and interrupted the lives of many and yet there are various types of lessons to be learned. Though the weather reports may help us to prepare, let’s be mindful that a disaster shows us the unpredictability of life, and that we need to be ready in season and out of season.
Where was God in the storm? Why did God let this happen? Why do bad things happen to good people? These are questions we may ask when our faith is tested. 1. Perhaps it happened to get our attention. Be still and know that God is God. Out of God’smlove, God sends rain to the just and the unjust. 2. God works in mysterious ways to equip us to serve: People in suffering through storms rise to the occasion of better helping others after a storm. Unity! CHCC has been working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and the Presbytery of Miami Valley (PMV) to help our neighbors by working with West Dayton Caravan of Churches (WDCC) to distribute food, water and supplies and in other ways. CHCC made our church van available for deliveries and provided gift cards and clean-up buckets for those affected by the storm. If you would like a clean-up bucket for yourself or others, please contact the church office. 3. “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.” Romans 8:28. God reveals unlimited power and strength that empowers us to fulfill our purposes. No matter the trial or storm, it is motivated by God’s love. Tribulation builds character, Character builds hope and hope does not fail. (See Romans 5:3-5) 4. God is in Control: God does not make mistakes. Everything that happens is in God’s will. God rules and controls all storms that hit our lives. God’s love is unfailing! Nothing shall separate us from the love of God. God can and is to be trusted even when God seems invisible. God saved us through his son, Jesus Christ who cements his love for all people. Remember the story of Job’s life where all of Job’s property was destroyed and all of Job’s children died in a natural disaster. His wife in grief was very angry with God, and said “curse God and die”. Yet Job praised God and said “though you slay me still I will serve you”. He was restored in God’s time. Have faith! The Lord is pleased when you praise him in all things, like storms. Stay in the hope of the Lord. God is with you!
Thank you for your “Heart work” and a Matthew 25 spirit of feeding the hungry, or giving a drink to the thirsty, or providing clothes, diapers and baby supplies for those affected by the tornadoes. Thank you for being good Samaritans and giving aide to the sick and for the many acts of love to support the victims of the tornadoes that struck Dayton, Ohio. To the victims of the tornadoes, trust that God did not leave you. Remain in faith, pray daily, keep your hope in God.
Dear Lord, You made this world and created everything in it. You control the world and with one breath, you created us. We thank you God of mercy, grace, peace, justice and love! We are helpless, and may not always know what to do, help us to keep our eyes and hearts on you. Help us to refrain from criticism and operate in thankfulness. We need you! Bless everyone working to help others, there is no greater love than a helping hand to one another. For those who had no insurance, no back-up plan, no way to make a way out of no way, deepen the human resources to help others to rebuild their lives. For those on the edge of giving up, breathe life into them that they continue to work for solutions even when all seems hopeless. Strengthen us to continue using our God given abilities for others. Let no weapon formed against us prosper! Let us continue drawing together. Thank you for your love and care for us and for life.” Where was God?” You were with us through the storm! Please stay with us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
In Christ Unconditional Love,
Pastor Darryll Young