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Comfort from Scripture

Natural disasters remind us to turn toward God
September 27, 2017

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change…” Psalm 46: 1-2

The earth is indeed changing: floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and wars. How do I pray in light of troubles such as these? As I recently pondered that question, I remembered the photo I took earlier this year in Haiti.

The photo is of the home of a community health worker in the village of Dubedou. The family living there had been affected by many disasters and their roof may not have survived September’s Hurricane Irma.

I was struck then by their bold statement of faith after having lived through so many catastrophic events and the ongoing uncertainty with the rainy seasons, droughts and hurricanes that come to Haiti. And I am struck now by the comfort and conviction that Psalm 46 brings to our changing world. May it bring you comfort today in whatever trouble you are encountering.

And as you are comforted, will you pray for those in Haiti?

“…and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall … He says, “Be still, and know that I am God”… the Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:2-5, 10-11

Written by Katie Thom, HFH board member.

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