Texas Governor Warns of a Long, Slow Recovery
As one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history pummeled southeast Texas for a fourth day, forecasts on Monday called for still more rain, making clear that catastrophic flooding that had turned neighborhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome.
Local, state and federal officials conceded that the scale of the crisis was so vast that they were nowhere near being able to measure it, much less fully address it.
Across a region that is home to millions of people and includes Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, no one has a clear idea how many people are missing, how many evacuated, how many hunkered down or were trapped in their waterlogged homes, or how many inundated houses and vehicles are beyond saving.
It is “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced,” Gov. Greg Abbott said, warning against expecting anything resembling recovery any time soon, or a return to the way things were. “We need to recognize it will be a new normal, a new and different normal for this entire region.”
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Hosea and his wife had three children. Each child’s name was a sign of God’s displeasure at the nation’s apostasy. Apostasy is a word that describes looking at the truth and then turning away from it. This is exactly what God’s created people have done for generations.
God’s last word is not judgment. It is mercy. Consider what God said through his prophet in Hosea 1.10: “Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ it shall be said to them, ‘Children of the living God.'”
God’s kindness is intended to lead us to repentance. As we consider current events in the light of God’s mercy, let us ask our heavenly Father to draw us back into a relationship of faithfulness to him.
Prayers for Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Dear God, we are sorry that we have been unfaithful to you. Please help us to be faithful once again.