Monday June 20, 2016 Shelter

You are a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat.  Isaiah 25:4

This weekend 50,000 people gathered around Lake Eola downtown Orlando to be a part of a Vigil for the victims that died at the Pulse nightclub a week prior.  It was amazing to watch that many people gather peacefully to help one another heal.  Earlier that day, Gary and I went to 4Rivers Smokehouse for lunch and hundreds of people stood in line for over an hour and there was not a cross word uttered in the heat or the rain that came down as we stood waiting to get inside.  The interesting thing was that all the money was going to One Orlando and all the people who were working were volunteering including the Governor Rick Scott and the owner John Rivers.

God must be blessing these gatherings and helping us all to move through the grieving process for our city and its inhabitants who lost loved ones.  Church members who might have looked scornfully at a gay couple holding hands are manning booths to supply water and snacks for those who are marching for their deceased friends.  It is heartening to see Ecumenical services being held with the cooperation of all the churches  with invitations going out from the pulpit to everyone.

God is providing refuge and rainbows to brighten this dark time.  He is must be pleased to see a community and a country coming together to support of love and acceptance of people.  Jesus accepted and loved everyone.  I know that He is rejoicing that we are doing the same.  God please continue to shelter Your people and give us refuge in our sadness as we heal.

Lord, help me to love and follow you all the days of my life.  Yesterday, You provide both shelter from the heat and the rain.  Continue to BLESS Your children as they work through their sorrow.  Continue to unite Your family. 

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