Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 7, 2001
- As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. This meditation was written by Andy T. Sidden.
Please feel free to forward this to your friends.
Floridians are fascinated - possibly terrified, perhaps
even petrified - but definitely fascinated by hurricanes.
As a newcomer to the state a few years ago, I was amazed
at the amount of effort that goes into preparation for
storms that seldom come.
Beginning shortly after Easter and continuing well into
fall, strategies for surviving the big wind are broadcast,
published, and televised repeatedly for eager audiences.
Phone books include tracking maps so that residents need
not be surprised if the storm does come.
When hurricane Elena parked off the Tampa coast a few
years ago, the world, or at least our part of it,
stopped for three days.
At the risk of sounding jaded, I must confess that I
couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. I don't
mean to belittle the mighty force of hurricanes - the wind
did blow and the rain did fall. But I'd seen worse, much
worse, a year earlier when a string of deadly spring
tornadoes ripped through my native North Carolina. And
those folks had no warning. I'll take my chances in a
hurricane over a tornado any day.
Unfortunately, we don't often have a choice. Like the
people in Florida and in North Carolina, we must take
whatever storms come our way. And sometimes our lives
are filled with quick and nasty tornadoes that sneak up
Like the 'great storm' that frightened the disciples, the
storms that we meet with most often come suddenly. We may
not have the benefit of tracking maps or televised warnings,
but we can still plan our survival strategy.
During those rough times, it's reassuring to know that we've
already invited Jesus Christ aboard our 'boat.' Christ can
control not only the sea and the wind, but everything else,
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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