The Houston Astros are the 2017 World Series champs!

In the post game interviews, several players commented on how they wanted to win for the people of Houston because of the suffering that was felt by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. It is a “feel good story” of sorts and far be it from me to take away from their celebration. Having something else to think about might take Houston’s collective mind off the realities faced by the victims of a vicious hurricane but still, many of the people of Houston still have a problem, and it won’t be going away anytime soon.

The hurricane season brought devastation to Houston, parts of Florida and Puerto Rico. It wasn’t many days afterward that wild fires destroyed the homes of many residents in California. The constant barrage of news coverage made us aware of this for weeks. Because their pain was foremost in our minds, I’m sure that the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse and other relief organizations saw a bump in donations as people heard about the need, and responded to help the hurting.

But these areas still have a problem and it’s not going away any time soon.

Here’s my thought in all this. Let’s continue to look for ways to help the hurting when it’s in our power to do so. And at the very least, let’s remember to pray for those in rebuilding mode in these areas. These disasters are now “old news” and therefore our minds are on to other things. It can become easy to forget those who may never recover from their loss.

“Lord help us to not let that happen.”

Something to think about.

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