Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
As reports of Sandy's destruction begin to pour in, this verse seems appropriate.
Though we didn't suffer drastically from the hurricane, many of our sister churches and their pastors did. Church buildings along the coast suffered flood damage. Many of their members lost their homes and possessions due to the flooding and high winds.
One story in particular stands out - that of a pastor in NYC. Two weeks ago, he lost his father to cancer. Then while cleaning out a halfway house run by his father, the pastor was severely burned as a can of solvent exploded. He was undergoing skin grafts when Sandy hit. Their home was lost to flooding and fire as well as their two cars. Please remember to pray for this pastor, his wife and three children. I'm sure the losses of the past two weeks seem overwhelming. They will need the prayers of God's people to hold them up even though their world seems to be crumbling around them.
All we have to do is listen to the news for many other heartbreaking stories of loss and destruction from this storm to fuel our prayers. The needs seem overwhelming, but we serve a BIG God and prayer is the best weapon we have against these overwhelming circumstances.
Pray for those who've been affected and pray about what you can do to help!
As you hear of the needs in the aftermath of Sandy's destruction, make time to pray today!