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Hope in a Hurricane

Hello dear friends,

I've been in touch with many of you through Facebook, but wanted to send out a quick note to say that our dear friends on the island of St. Croix are heavy on our hearts today.  Even as I type, hurricane Maria is passing over this island that was recently spared the worst of hurricane Irma, and that has been heavily invested in relief efforts in neighboring St. Thomas and St. John.  The power is out, now, and so our communication with loved ones there is temporarily interrupted.  

After seeing the images from Dominica, I fear that the damage from this hurricane will be substantial.  But I was moved this morning to pray these words from Psalm 20:

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of our God protect you!  
May he send you help from his sanctuary
and give you support from his dwelling place
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  
They collapse and fall, 
but we rise and stand upright.  
May our God answer us when we call.

Thanks to all who join us in prayer for St. Croix and the surrounding islands.  I close with a link to a song written by my youth pastor and friend, Stefan Youngblood, in the midst of hurricane Marilyn, a category 4 storm that hit St. Croix in 1995.  This song has been a beautiful source of inspiration to hurricane and disaster victims and their loved ones over the years. 

We will rise, by Stefan Youngblood 

 Nick for the Vans 

(Nick grew up on the island of St. Croix)