Notes from Brother Jay

      As Kathy and I traveled the California roadways, we often thought of you.  Traveling from Carmel to Yosemite through the central valley we saw the crops of strawberries, artichokes, and other produce much like the fields of South Georgia.  As our weather became the talk of the nation, we watched from afar as people prepared.  We heard the stories of gas, bread, and water being “sold out’ at the stores.

      And we prayed.  We prayed for you, which is praying for us.  We prayed for Florida. (I have colleagues at Grace Church in Cape Coral and have attended a conference there the last two years.)  We asked God to watch over you, to protect you, our families, and our friends.
      And He did!
      I saw this Facebook post by my friend Tony Crosby and wanted to share it with you as a reminder of the Power of God’s Word when the faithful pray!



Brother Jay

      “You know, I want to share a little testimony here. Many will likely read this the wrong way and I hope those of you on my friends list who don't believe in the power of prayer will just abide my telling of this and not get too bent out of shape.
      I visited one of our Sunday School classes this Sunday morning at Epworth UMC and as this class was discussing what could be done to meet the needs of storm victims, someone simply said, "you know what, I think we should just pray that this storm will turn away or weaken so that the disaster they are predicting will not happen."
      So we stopped. We prayed. We asked God to speak to the storm and say "peace, be still,” just as Christ did on the Sea of Galilee. We did the thing that many other Christians all over were doing. We simply asked God to weaken the storm and preserve life.
      And you know what?  It happened.  The storm has caused great devastation, but it is far less than feared or confidently predicted.  Yes, the storm moved over land and that weakened it.  Yes, the storm spent time over Cuba and did much damage there and over other Caribbean Islands.  I don't know why.  People were also praying there I am sure.
      But I cannot help but walk away with the feeling that in the face of such dire predictions, people prayed and perhaps, in the great mystery of our Creator God, that our prayers were heard and the worst was abated.
      I don't have all the answers.  I don't even know any way to prove that prayer has any affect at all on such things as hurricanes or other natural disasters.  I do know that whether in the midst of the storm or calm that I trust God to walk with me.  When the storms offer their worst, God will be with us.  When the storms subside, God is there. Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.”
                            Rev. Tony Crosby
                            Epworth UMC
                            Columbus, GA


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