Prayer for time of deep water
|Aerial view of Lowell, Michigan, where hundreds of residents have fled the rising river. Lowell United Methodist Church can be seen in the lower right corner. Photo courtesy of Jeff Ostrander, Lowell MI.|
"Across the Midwest, rivers, lakes and streams are overflowing their banks, the result of record rainfall in our region. As the waters rise, thousands are being displaced and millions of dollars in damage will be left behind. Flooding has destroyed homes, businesses, farms and even some houses of worship. Right now, members of our Michigan Area United Methodist Committee On Relief Early Response Teams are formulating a plan to respond to this natural disaster and we have received a grant from UMCOR for clean-up efforts.
"Scripture reminds us that even in times of natural disaster, God is always at our side, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10). Please join me in praying for all of those suffering from this flooding and for the protection of the tireless volunteers and first responders, working together to keep waters at bay. We especially pray for the waters to recede so that recovery and healing can begin. For those affected by this tragedy, may God keep you, watch over you and protect you."
Bishop Deborah Lider Kiesey
Homepage photo: courtesy of Bill Haggard, Superintendent Grand Rapids District