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When Disaster Strikes – For Those Affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

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Shock, pain, anguish. Fear, confusion, turmoil. Disbelief, terrible sadness, anger. In this dark hour, God knows that even these words cannot fully express what you who have been touched by grave tragedy feel inside.

God feels and understands your pain. He hears the questions that barrage you. He sees the horror that haunts you. He knows the havoc, the devastation, the tragic loss of life. He grieves for you. He sees your misery. He feels your heavy-heartedness.

And he knows many of you feel that, at this point, there is no peace to be found. Mental anguish and an array of emotions grip you. You may ask yourself whether God cares that your loved ones are gone, that you lost your livelihood. You may wonder if He cares that your heart is breaking. You may question if He sees. Yes, God sees. He does care. He is deeply touched with your loss and your grief.

His heart aches for you, and He wants to comfort you. He wants to relieve your pain and clear your mind. He wants to give you peace that passes all understanding. He wants to give you peace though all seems lost. He wants to give you peace in place of fear, and comfort in place of distress, turmoil, and confusion.

No matter what you feel at this moment, no matter how deeply grieved you may be, no matter how hopeless or distraught you feel, God wants you to put Him to the test. Test His love. You can do this by letting Him comfort your heart, ease your mind, and free you from fear.

He is reaching out to you now. If you’ll grab hold of Him, if you will call on Him for help—even if you do not understand, even if you feel confused, even if you feel the pain is too much to bear—if you’ll just put your hand in His and trust Him, He will give you peace that passes all understanding. There is peace to be found. In the midst of this terrible destruction and despair that has touched your lives, in the face of bereavement and suffering, He will be your comfort and your consolation.

He wants to answer the questions that trouble your mind. He wants to allay the anguish and heaviness of heart, mind, and spirit you feel. Put Him to the test. He is there for you with outstretched arms to bring you comfort. No matter how difficult the circumstances, He can give you perfect peace, freedom from fear, and strength to pull you through. He will be a light in the midst of the darkness that surrounds you. Try Him!

Those of you who already know Jesus, God’s Son, please talk to Him. You can call out to Him anywhere, anytime, any hour of the day. When you do, if you’ll wait a moment and listen, He will answer you. He will speak to your heart and mind, and will comfort and guide you through this difficult time.

Those of you who don’t know Him yet, He will do the same for you if you’ll call on Him now. Simply say: “Jesus, if You really are the Son of God, I need You. Please make Your presence known to me. Give me Your peace and comfort and love. Take away my fear, ease this pain, comfort my aching heart. Set my confused and anguished mind at peace. Help me to talk to You, and to listen when You reply. Give me answers to my questions.”

All you have to do is take this first step. No matter how dismal these and the coming days may be, He will pull you through if you’ll hold on to Him. He never sleeps. He is attentive to your needs and is listening for your voice all the time. He is there to comfort and care for you. He is ready to answer your every question. Though your dreams may be shattered, there is no sorrow that He cannot and will not heal.

He is always there to hold you, to console you and to comfort you.

Photo Credit: Joelle Goire EU/ECHO December 2012

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