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As April drew to a close, life took a nasty, chaotic turn for those in the South and Midwest. Vicious tornadoes left dozens dead or injured. The storms destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Many victims are shell-shocked, like the woman from Mississippi who told the New York Times, “I never imagined it would happen to us. I’ve always seen these kinds of things on TV, but never in person.”
Whether you live in the path of devastation or watched events unfold from the comfort of your living room, you may wonder how God can allow such disaster. Or, how any good can come from tragedy. The answer lies in the reality of the response. Everyone from state and federal governments to dozens of church agencies and disaster relief organizations provided emergency shelter, clothing, food and other assistance. The Red Cross provided blood to hospitals treating the injured. Christian ministries sent chaplains to counsel those in mourning.
Many of those who answered calls for assistance did so as volunteers, freely giving their time to help others. Whether volunteer or paid, those who respond to the need for relief demonstrate the compassion that flows from a loving heart. In charitable acts of service we see fulfillment of the promise God makes in His Word to comfort you in times of trouble. Then, you can later return such kindness to another person.
What a blessing to know that people are ready and willing to offer assistance when you face calamity! Not just after tornadoes, but after other disasters, whether that affects thousands or a single family after a loved one dies. It is easy to take such things for granted. Yet when you are the one grieving, you will appreciate comfort beyond words.
This is why getting to know God more closely is so worthwhile. He doesn’t just promise comfort in the words of the Bible, He motivates people to act as His hands, feet, and heart in the world.
A Challenge For You…
Gather a group of two or three friends to discuss how the April tornadoes or another disaster affected your life. What did you lose in the upheaval? What was most meaningful to you? How have you been able to (or plan to) move on with life? Name two ways in which other people comforted you. Explain whether you believe God was active through this assistance.
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