"Though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult."
I don't need to tell you what 6/23 is- after all, you were here for it and I hadn't yet moved to Lewisburg. It's been one year since the flood and these days are, naturally, ones of remembering and considering, grieving and questioning.
That's both normal and natural. The Bible is filled with remembering- making sure we tell the stories that are significant to who we are. Telling these stories not only makes sure they won't be forgotten it allows for an understanding of how these events have shaped you. This sacred remembering isn't just about words- it's about actions and choices.
What commitments did you make at this time last year, to help and to build, that led to good work for which we can give thanks?
What places might be in need of a re-commitment or a new vision?
Anniversaries can stir up things you thought were settled, so it's a good idea to be particularly gentle with yourselves in these days. Patience, understanding, and an extra measure of grace are all called for. Tend to those places within you and within your circles that are tender.
And remember the rest of that Psalm-
"God is our refuge and strength....
God will help it when the morning dawns."
God was the first to weep when the waters began to overwhelm, and God will be with us this day, and all days.
Following that example, we can care for one another.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
Peace to you-