As February 12th approached we had been warned of an impending ice storm. We made reasonable preparations and by Saturday morning there was nothing left to do but helplessly watch as ice accumulated on the trees. With each passing minute branches bent under the extra weight of the ice. As expected, power outages began to rapidly overspread the region. About that time multiple trees began falling across the roads making travel difficult and in some cases impossible. The journey from comfortable to helpless was short and abrupt.

I am so thankful for the people who sprang into action. God bless the men and women who responded to 911 calls, cut trees, and drove up in bucket trucks to begin the dangerous task of restoring electricity. I’m equally thankful for the people who were behind the scenes coordinating these efforts

The great need of our world is to recognize that on our own we have no power. Ours is a world which is out of control on so many levels. It is easy to lose hope when we cannot see a way forward. The good news is that we don’t have to see a way forward, we only have to see Jesus. I’m reminded of the passage in John 21 where some Greeks approached Philip with one request: “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” It is only when we invite Jesus into our hearts that we open the door to the abundant life we so desperately seek. We are never without power as long as we obey His will.

In his Service,