Today's Lectionary Text
I also observed the following example of wisdom under the sun—it impressed me greatly: There was a small town with only a few residents. A mighty king came against it, surrounded it, and waged a terrible war against it. Now there lived in that town a poor but wise man who saved everyone by his wisdom. But no one remembered that poor man. So I thought, Wisdom is better than might, but the wisdom of commoners is despised and their words aren’t heeded.
The calm words of the wise are better heeded than the racket caused by a ruler among fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one incompetent person destroys much good.
March 14 – the day embedded on the minds of so many in the Great Plains Annual Conference. Instead of rivers flowing like a righteous stream, the water from rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, and ditches cut new paths through ground and left much devastation. The effects of flooding waged a terrible war among the communities. April brought more flooding around the conference. May brought a tornado that affected our conference. Enough disaster destruction to raise a racket of crying out!
In the midst of so much pain and devastation, there were calm words. After several trips to the same homes to work time and again, there was evidence of Christ’s presence. Don’t think it was just because we are a faith-based group! Your prayers have carried us into homes and face to face with homeowners who have lost so much. The calm words are heard because you are praying. This past Saturday, I stood on what would have been the ground floor of a home in Douglas County. The May tornado wiped that top living area off – gone. As I stood with the grandson, overlooking the path of destruction, there were calm words from the homeowner, “we have our life.” I spoke with a homeowner last week who still has 4 feet of water in their basement, sump pump and one of our pumps are running non-stop, yet in the midst of much racket, there were calm words, “we will make it through this.”
During so much devastation, there is an ever-calming presence of Christ. There is power in prayer! A power that turns the racket into calm words.
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
*originally published 7/17/2019
Prayer for Reflection
God of creation, may we always seek out and hear calm words in the midst of life. Surround us with Your presence. Help us to live lives of grace in a world with so much devastation. Thank You for being a re-creating God, where each day is a day of new beginnings. Amen.
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