The frankenstorm that hit the east coast on Monday is a record-breaking storm in many ways. No need to detail them here (when was last time the NYSE was closed two days in a row?—like in the 19th century!)
What’s interesting to me is that most of the people I’ve been talking to know someone who’s going through this storm. I, myself, have two family members (different families) who are in New York City. One of our Homiletics contributors lives in Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. Another contributor is located in the D.C. area.
Your story is probably the same. Most of us—here it is—know someone in the storm.
Preaching point. Most of us know someone who’s going through a storm, a storm of some kind. Job loss, loss of loved one, marital problems, grief, crisis, etc.
The questions I ask when talking to someone going through this storm on the east coast include: Are you okay? Is there anything you need? How can I help?
These questions work when going to the side of our brothers and sisters in sorrow or emotional, spiritual or psychological need as well. As a pastor we do this all the time. How are you? What do you need? How can I help?
Let’s remember that there’s probably always someone we know who at any given time is going through a storm. Let’s ask them how they’re doing. It’s only natural to ask and to offer help when someone’s going through a storm.