A Letter From Dean Kate Regarding Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma is moving with rapid speed towards Florida as I write this letter. I am praying to God for the safety of this city and its people.
How are we to understand storms in light of our faith? Some say that storms are created by mankind’s sinfulness. Other say that God is angry or wants to teach us some kind of a lesson. New theories about global warming cause us to wonder if our pollution and carelessness have made natural disasters worse. How do we understand God’s love for us as a storm approaches? Our greatest revelation comes from the book of Job and I’m afraid that it is unsatisfying. God asks us this question, “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion?” Job 38:31 In other words, if we cannot control the oceans or shape the winds, we also do not have the capacity to understand the workings of the Almighty. We are simply asked to trust and to understand that even if we are to perish, God loves us and will save us.
I know that these words do not provide the kind of answers we desire. We want the power to stop this storm in its tracks or at least the understanding to know why it comes to us. We can do neither. All we can do is give God the glory and trust in the truth of God’s word. That you are loved and that, in Jesus, there is a place for you in heaven.
So make your practical plans. Store up water, make a path to evacuate. But also pray, knowing that God does hear you and that every hair on your head is counted. No matter what happens, God is with you. And after the storm is over, let us meet together here at the Cathedral and see what we can do to help those in need.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
In Christ’s love,
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