His Compassions Fail Not
-- As our nation watches in disbelief the unfolding of what appears
to be an unending nightmare for the people of the Gulf Coast states,
it soon becomes apparent that mere words cannot adequately describe
the rising toll of human suffering.
It’s one thing to view such heartbreaking scenes in a far-away
country, but quite another when the same scenes begin to unfold
right here on our own soil. It’s like being punched in the
stomach and then reeling from the pain as the reality of what
has just happened begins to fully register. It was stated that
many have become “American refugees” as news footage
shows the stories of one brother, arm in arm, leading another
brother out from among the ravages of destruction.
My husband and I sat numbed with silence as we witnessed the
utter ruin of city after city. I felt overtaken with a multitude
of emotions, the more evident one being disbelief. Psychologists
describe such feelings as empathy, but I’m not even sure
if we can begin to understand the scope of the pain and misery
that is now pouring over the victims of this monstrous storm.
I heard a news reporter state, “We are just going to have
to come up with some new words because what we are seeing here
cannot be described by ordinary words.” Yes, words often
There is one word, however, that we can always count on -- hope.
It acts as an anchor, helping us to stand firm and fixed through
the storms of life. In biblical terms, hope is closely aligned
with faith. The book of Hebrews tells us that “faith is
the assurance of things hoped for" (Hebrews 11:1). Hope,
therefore, is the object upon which we can direct all of our energies.
In the days and weeks to come, we need to be faithful to pray
that God will cover our Gulf Coast friends with the promise and
the hope of His unfailing word:
In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put
to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn
your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I
can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock
and my fortress (Psalm 71: 1-3).
We as a nation will once again rise up in response to the cry
of our fellow man by extending a compassionate heart and a helpful
hand, as we together begin to take steps toward restoration and
the healing of all who have suffered. Our hope and trust is in
our God, whose compassions never fail us.
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