The communities of Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and others in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota, are once again preparing for a major flood. Experts are saying that this year could be as bad or worse than 1997.
That scares me.
Even though I am not in harms way down here in SW MN, I still feel for my brothers and sisters in Christ in the Red River Valley. They need our prayers (and if possible our physical help). It is all too easy to distant ourselves from those who are suffering, but we are called to carry each others burdens. So I ask you to include the Red River Valley and all those dealing with floods in your prayers and to place them on your church’s’ prayer list. Take a special offering and send it to Lutheran Disaster Relief, The Red Cross or some other relief organization of your choice that is helping flood victims. Keep all flood victims close to your heart. I personally don’t know what it is like to lose everything to a flood…I can only imagine how painful it is.
But whatever happens…whatever the outcome…I know everything is in God’s hands. For God, through Jesus Christ, has over come the powers of this world. Through the waters rage and foam nothing can over come and drown out the power of God’s love for His children.
Please remember our brothers and sisters and pray for them.
Gracious and loving God, please remember your children in the Red River Valley and all those dealing with flood waters this spring. Please bless their efforts to fight the rising rivers. Grant them strength when they feel tired. Grant them persistence when they want to give up. Grant them hope in hopelessness. But over all, please strengthen their faith that they may see and know your love in the face of adversity. Please make your presence felt so they know they don’t fight this alone and that they won’t experience this flood on their own. God…you are good and faithful. We praise you through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen!