Sep 6 2017

Shared struggle in a storm

Your weekly reflection from Unbound

Updated September 19, 2017

This blog was originally posted in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Since then we have seen additional catastrophic events, including Hurricane Irma and two severe earthquakes in Mexico. At this writing, Puerto Rico is bracing for Hurricane Maria, reminding us, yet again, of the need for ongoing vigilance in the face of nature.

We know that the sentiments expressed below from our friends in the Philippines extend to those impacted by subsequent events in addition to Hurricane Harvey.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey have been very much in our hearts and minds over the past week. We commend to God’s care all our brothers and sisters in the affected areas of Texas and Louisiana as they begin their long road to recovery.

We are mindful, too, of the victims of severe flooding in parts of Africa and Asia, and Tropical Storm Lidia in Mexico. We keep them in our prayers as well, as we do those impacted by a mudslide that took place late last week in an area of Costa Rica where Unbound works. At this writing, we have reports of three sponsored children and their families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.

In times like these, we appreciate more deeply our shared humanity. The God-given nobility of the human spirit prompts us to not just feel for others from a distance, but to accompany them in their struggles.

That point came home to us last week when we received messages of prayerful support from our Unbound coworkers in the Philippines for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Filipinos know better than most the ravages of severe oceanic storms, and their experience creates within them a spirit of empathy for those now suffering on the Gulf coast.

We close with these prayerful sentiments from the staff of our program based in Quezon City, Philippines, and extend them to all those suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters throughout the world:

“Our heart goes out to the victims and survivors who were hit by a strong hurricane, and most especially to our sponsor friends and their families. We send our thoughts and prayers your way today, that God will give strength for every battle and peace for a difficult situation. We love you.”

Amen.

Read more about the mudslide in Costa Rica.

Larry Livingston

Senior Writer/Editor

Larry has been with Unbound since 2005. He has a background in theology, pastoral ministry and education, and has written for several national publications. Larry, his wife, Kristi, and son, Ben, have three sponsored friends, Alvaro, Maria and Michele.

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