“O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli. I will make your towers of sparkling rubies, your gates of shining gems, and your walls of precious stones." Isaiah 54:11-12
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast near Rockport. Estimates put the total damage at $125 billion, tying it with Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. The devastation of this category 4 storm has left lasting marks on our communities. Thousands of homes were destroyed beyond repair, families were displaced or separated, and many businesses will never open again, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Although the damage was great, it didn't define our communities, it was the resilience of you, our citizens that did. You came together like never before spending endless hours serving; whether it was collecting and distributing goods, helping each other clean up debris and rebuild, or feeding the many first responders and work crews. Instead of allowing the storm to beat you down and bring despair, you rose up and let it be your finest hour. Yes, Hurricane Harvey left its mark on this area, but you have left even a greater one. Thank you all for being a shining example of Christ's love by serving your neighbors.
"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes." Isaiah 58:10-12
Pastor Frank Dodson