In the aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the way they sandwiched President Trump’s declaration on DACA (the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals), a common thread kept weaving its way through my mind.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been pondering home for the past few years as the primary theme in my forthcoming memoir — but I couldn’t help but think about how those directly affected by the hurricanes and the DACA decision have much in common.
They’ve either been displaced, or fear displacement. They long for a safe, established home.
But are they the only ones affected?
As an American citizen currently living in Michigan, I could say that I wasn’t affected by any of the above-mentioned events. But would that really be true?
In an article on iBelieve.com, I share a few thoughts on what hurricanes and DACA teach us about the body of Christ.
Read the whole article here.
In short, we must remember that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all members of one body. If one member is affected, the whole body is affected.
Secondly, I was so encouraged to see the way that tragedy united the church. People came together. They helped. They served. They rescued.
And finally, let’s not forget that we’re all foreigners here. We are all displaced. We’re all just passing through on our way to our final destination.
With one storm or presidential pronouncement, our homes could be snatched away.
In the span of my lifetime so far, I’ve lost several homes—to divorce, a landlord’s decision to sell our rental property, a foreclosure, a parent’s death. I didn’t see any one of those circumstances coming. Nothing is certain in this life except God’s character and the promises found in His Word.
So while we mourn with those who mourn over losing homes and we do all that we can to help them rebuild and restore lost or damaged property, while we labor to love and support those affected by DACA, let’s not forget that we can’t take anything with us when it’s time to go. Let’s not forget that physical houses and material possessions are all temporary.
What a wonderful opportunity to direct conversation toward eternity and the life to come.
Read the full version of this article over at iBelieve.com.
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