"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
These words, that come to us from the Gospel According to St. Matthew, are never more important than they are today. After spending the last six months dealing with the pandemic known as COVID-19, and all of the quarantine orders, and the stay-at-home orders, and the school-at-home orders, the civil unrest, and even a national presidential election, here we are in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, facing a devastating hurricane.
And as bad as this may feel - and I know many of you are hurting in your hearts and your souls - God is with you, with us, protecting us this day and every day. And even though we don't know the immediate reason for all of these things that we have to face, God will reveal those to us at some point, and they will make sense to you, and to me, and to us as a Church community.
I will tell you, my dear brothers and sisters, that during this time I am with you, praying for you as I do always, hoping before God that our people can be spared the worst of these things. But knowing with great confidence that all of you, as loving and caring as you are, will take care of your brother and sister in Christ in their time of need.
I urge you tonight, tomorrow, and after this is long gone, to reach out to your Lord, who wants to know you, to see you, and to feel you in prayer. Not filled with many words, but with a silent heart, and a still mind, so that He may invade your soul with all of His love, all of His mercy, and all of His will, that He hopes you will live for the rest of your life.
Be not afraid, my dear children in Christ, for this too shall pass. May Almighty God bless each and every one of you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amin.