I traveled to two other states this past week in connection with ministry training and preparation. Speakers told us of their ministry to victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and bombings. I heard others discuss their losses to fire and mudslides. Hearing such testimonies puts one’s own suffering in perspective. It reminded me how important prayer, Bible study, and fellowship are in building resilience. Acts 2:42 says this about early followers of Jesus, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Most of the speakers I heard this last week emphasized the importance of community in their surviving loss and their ability to help others who suffered.
God who sustains when the world around us collapses, open our eyes to avenues of deliverance when we become discouraged or afraid. Help us to remember your acts of rescue in the past. Thank you for life and for friends who keep us focused on you when distractions obstruct our view. Thank you for the opportunity to help others. In Jesus name, Amen.