08-31-2017 Letters and Commentary

Disaster response

Listening to the Harris County Sheriff and Constables Dispatch on scanner radio I hear reports of roads being impassable, high water rescues, wrecker calls for stranded drivers, inquiries about boat availability and water depth, and reports of some looting. Emergency services desperately try to help those needing assistance in Hurricane Harvey flooding. It’s encouraging to hear the dispatcher calmly coordinating so many police and rescue units. It goes on and on. Houston is in Harris County, and almost 1,600 people are listening to this report with me.

Is this for entertainment? For curiosity? No, this is for opportunity to help from a distance. How? By interactive prayer. While the dispatchers send rescuers all over Harris County responders risk their lives to save others, we can be praying for them right now! For God’s help and protection; for adequate resources, for effective intervention, for their success as it turns dark in Houston. Some of the victims have ignored warnings, but others, like those with disabilities and many elderly are unwilling participants in this drama.

This is just one opportunity to help. We have many opportunities to help by prayer every day. Other drivers, truck drivers, other shoppers and their children, people we encounter with disabilities, coworkers, road workers. Anyone we meet along our pathway. We may never know the effect of our prayerful attention, but by our paying attention to those around us we have the unique opportunity to interactively impact their lives for good. There is a promise in the Bible in the New Testament book of James about prayer. James 5:16 in the Amplified Bible says “…The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much (when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power).”

So jump in there and participate in your own disaster response! It’s needed.

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