April 27, 2011 will be a day Alabama families remember for a long time. It was that day that I learned the incredible force of a tornado and how devastating it can be. I had never been around such painful loss and heartfelt disappointment. Families had spent their whole life trying to provide a place for their families to live, only to watch it be destroyed in a matter of moments.
May 20, 2013 will be remembered in Oklahoma, much like our April 27, 2011. The media has tried to describe the loss with all the right adjectives but unless you have seen those places with your own eyes, it is hard to describe.
Within days of the devastation, our church and many other churches rallied together to reach out and assist those affected. And the more I think about it, according to the Bible, it is the job of the church even more so than the job of the government. We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. And though the Church isn’t perfect and often criticized I’m sure she will rise to the call and help those in need once again.
With that in mind, Cathedral of Praise is collecting items and planning to deliver them in the next few days. The response crews from OK are requesting baby wipes bottled water, hygiene items and gift cards. Items can be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm or during worship on Sunday and Wednesday.
In the middle of devastation and disappointment, God wants to use His Church to shine His light and spread His love. Let’s do this!