"…to the praise of the glory of His grace…" Ephesians 1:6

Tornadoes and Prayer

Daily life brings trials and challenges and sometimes death. Wednesday that came in the form of weather to the Tulsa area.

The families of our church, from all I’ve been able to learn, made it through yesterday’s storms without any bodily damage. Some had some property damage but it doesn’t seem like for any of our church families that the damage was very major. Some families in our community around the church did experience significant damage. We are praying for them and seeking to help where we can. Some are probably still assessing their property and if there are needs the church body can help with, please let us know.

The church building did sustain some damage. The awning on the North side of the building was ripped off and landed on the South side. I think it probably took a vent with it (or somehow a vent was ripped off ) both issues created additional roof damage and we have some fairly significant water damage inside – although we have been working to minimize that.

We are waiting for our insurance adjuster but are taking other steps to secure the building from other damage. Insurance adjustors and a restoration company are scheduled to come out today. NONE OF THE DAMAGE IS SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO PREVENT US FROM SAFELY BEING ABLE TO GATHER FOR WORSHIP SUNDAY. The Lord is good.

The morning after the storm, I was blessed by this passage from Charles Spurgeon.

“My God will hear me” (Micah 7:7)

Our wisdom is to look unto the Lord and not to quarrel with men or women. If our loving appeals are disregarded by our relatives, let us wait upon the God of our salvation, for He will hear us. He will hear us all the more because of the unkindness and oppression of others, and we shall soon have reason to cry, “Rejoice not against me, O my enemy!”

Because God is the living God, He can hear; because He is a loving God, He will hear; because He is our covenant God, He has bound Himself to hear us. If we can each one speak of Him as ‘my God’, we may with absolute certainty say, ‘My God will hear me’. Come, then, O bleeding heart, and let your sorrows tell themselves out to the Lord your God. I will bow the knee in secret and inwardly whisper, ‘My God will hear me’.

C. H. Spurgeon