Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells. ~Psalm 46:1-4
The past few weeks have been heavy with crises: the desperate situation in Afghanistan, which continues to unfold; the earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 2,200 and left tens of thousands more without a home; Hurricane Ida, which caused widespread damage in Louisiana and Mississippi, and even as far north as New York and New Jersey; and wildfires that continue to spread rapidly across the western U.S.
But we don’t need to remind you of the suffering that continues to affect so much of our world. You have already RESPONDED with urgency, with faithfulness, and with great compassion.
Just as these disasters continue to ripple across our awareness and our world, so your generous responses keep coming in waves. Individuals, families, and congregations are sharing so much, so willingly. In the midst of these ongoing responses, we wanted to take a moment and say thank you, and share a word about the impact of your support and partnership through these difficult days.