"Gracious God, whose intention is that your whole creation would know life in abundance, we pray this morning in thanksgiving that you are with us even in the midst of hard things, even in the midst of too-much. We know that you have not willed these terrible floods for, as scripture says, you wish no one ill. And so, we pray, when the waters around us become not life-giving but founts of fear and frustration be with us. Find us with your care. Find us with your hope. Be with those who have suffered huge loss and particularly those who have lost not only homes and livelihoods but loved ones. Hold them tight, hold them close. We pray in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, the One Who never leaves us and seeks always to lift us above the deluge. Amen."
--Rev. Chuck Blaisdell
First Christian Church, Colorado Springs
The calls have been coming.
Boulder. Fort Collins. Fort Morgan. Colorado Springs. Tiny communities whose names don't jump out quickly from the map.
The rain has fallen for days in Colorado. Communities are flooded, houses submerged and the full extent of flood damage is still unfolding. We've been in constant contact with Rev. Jose Morales, Central Rocky Mountain Regional Minister, and many of the churches affected by the floods. Needs are still being assessed, as many folks are still unable to get into their homes.
Perhaps most striking is a recent statement from the Colorado VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to National VOAD affiliates, which includes our partners at CWS: National partners are being asked not to deploy to Colorado at this time. First responders are still performing search and rescue. Even highly skilled volunteers who are accustomed to being first on the scene are being told to stay far away. It is just not time for volunteers.
And yet, because of your generosity, help is on the way. The steady leadership of our regional office, the caring compassion of the ministers who care for our congregations, and the active engagement of so many other leaders in those faith communities has meant that help has come as soon as assessments of damage are made. Week of Compassion is there. Your compassion has already been put into action-and it will continue to do so in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead that make up long term recovery.
Our prayers stay with all of those in these communities-and so many other places yet to be mentioned in the news-affected by these floods. If you would like to put your Compassion into Action, simply click here.
Thanks be to the God whose hope finds us, even in the midst of a deluge.
This week's responses:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Syria, Humanitarian Crisis
Colorado, Flood Damage (7)
Texas, Refugee Assistance
Alaska, Flood Damage
Ethiopia, Flash Floods
New York, Sandy Damage
Development and Long-Term Recovery and Rehabilitation
IMA World Health, We Will Speak Out U.S. - Sexual and Gender Based Violence Campaign and Programming