Tornado Damage & Relief

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who suffered from the tornadoes a week ago, and to all those who are working tirelessly to bring them some measure of relief.

To learn more, to help, and to donate, you can go to the websites of the The Red Cross and Lutheran Disaster Response.

And we keep in prayer all those who continue to recover from the Tsunami that struck Japan a year ago. To help, you can visit the websites of The Red Cross and Lutheran World Relief.

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Harrisburg, Indiana (from The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture).

And St. Francis Xavier in Indianapolis, one of the “command centers” where folks affected could find relief (from National Catholic Register).

When I look at these pictures, it’s hard not to think of the old hymn by Nicolai Grundtvig:

Built on the Rock the Church doth stand,
Even when steeples are falling;
Crumbled have spires in every land,
Bells still are chiming and calling,
Calling the young and old to rest,
But above all the soul distrest,
Longing for rest everlasting.

And the 2nd verse, in light of this week’s Gospel reading from John 2:
Surely in temples made with hands,
God, the Most High, is not dwelling;
High above earth His temple stands,
All earthly temples excelling.
Yet He whom heavens cannot contain
Chose to abide on earth with men,
Built in our bodies His temple.
If you are interested, you can find all 7 stanzas here.