Today is picture day for our youngest daughter, Kailey. She is very particular about this day, which translates to at least one major breakdown before we leave to school. As I was in a heated debate about why I can’t change the makeup of her DNA and magically make her hair hold a curl the devastating images from Houston were being shown on television.
It’s a weird feeling knowing there is tragedy happening while we get to go on with our “normal” life. It’s not fair we get to turn the television off and play the out of sight out of mind game, right? And, this is where I get stuck.
I feel like it’s insensitive to lament about the woes of picture day, talk about a terrific book I am reading, or even ask for prayer for something far less serious than, you know, losing everything you own. If I do those things does that mean I don’t care? These thoughts eventually turn into a sense of helplessness and I stop living out the parts of my life that bring me joy.
I need to intentionally remind myself I am not helpless. Sure, I am limited because of my location and lack of skill. However, there are many actions I can take from my part of the world. Stopping my life for the sake of not wanting to seem careless is, well, ridiculous and serves no one. I can be sensitive to what is going on and still find joy in the world.
So, what can we do?
We can start by praying. I don’t say that in a trite way. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. My faith is the core of who I am. Every day I set aside time to pray for Houston. I pray for the people, the responders, the volunteers, and for God’s light to shine even in the destruction. I pray for the present, the aftermath, and for the eventual grief process that will follow. I pray for hope.
We can contribute financially to and spread the word about trusted organizations who are providing boots on the ground care and organizations who are sending aide. Here is a small list I would personally contribute to but I would encourage you to always do your own due diligence.
Central Christian Church Please enter the amount you’d like to give in the “Other” category, and in the “Include a Message” option, type “Hurricane Harvey.”
Preemptive Love Coalition We have staff on the ground near the storm. We’re focusing on those who couldn’t flee because of poverty, as well as towns around Houston that don’t have the resources to cope.
Legacy Collective How can you respond to Hurricane Harvey in a sustainable way?
Join me and my giving community (Legacy Collective) As we serve those affected. Our commitment to you is to make sure we partner with LOCAL organizations and leaders who will use the resources we provide in the best possible way.
Red Cross Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Here’s the thing, when I knowingly do all I know I can do living life doesn’t feel weird. It feels necessary. I can say with certainty that Houston can be prayed for, provided for, and honored by us even in our mundane life, a life they are striving to get back to.