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An open letter to the laity of Peninsula-Delaware Conference from Demetrio Beach
30 October 2012Posted by on
An open letter to the laity of Peninsula-Delaware Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy from Demetrio Beach, Associate Conference Lay Leader
To Our Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Grace and peace to you in the Name of the One who calls us all the Beloved! Our thoughts are with each congregation of this conference and your families who live and work in the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These are challenging times and we want to be of as much assistance and support as we can as the hands and feet of Christ.
I invite each of you laity and clergy to join me in continued prayer! Pray for our law enforcement and emergency response teams. Pray that those who have opened their doors to shelter people will be places of physical, emotional, and spiritual help and hope. Be in prayer for the volunteers who give time, talent, and treasure to meet the needs of others.
Listen to the voice of God. Seek what direction God is calling you to be the hands and feet of Christ for someone else. Shine your lights even in this time of panic, worry, fear, and grief. Keep praying, keep believing and keep reading your scriptures. Offer Christ and remember these words from Lamentations 3:22-24:
“The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue,
Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.
The Lord is all we have, and so in him we put our hope.”
Sisters and brothers know today that our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
Join me in this prayer…
God, Our Father, Creator and Lord of the universe, you have set the earth on it’s foundation and all the elements of nature obey your command. We humbly beseech you to keep us safe from all dangers and calm the remaining parts of the storm that threaten us. Bind us together like never before. May we be secure in your loving protection and serve you always with grateful hearts. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen and Amen.
Your Brother in Christ,
Demetrio L. Beach