My parents live in the Houston area and have been cooped up in their house for the last few days as Hurricane Harvey did its thing. My mother had to have eye surgery last Friday, so they couldn’t leave and they were just praying that everything would be alright.
We had a family group text going since last Friday as my brother, sister and I would all take turns to see how our parents were doing as none of us live close to them. If my parents would have said they needed help or anything, I would have dropped whatever I was doing to go help them.
Through the whole weekend, both my parents were in good spirits although the circumstances surrounding them. More than once, my dad told me he wished he could go out and help others but didn’t want to risk endangering himself and he also couldn’t leave my mom alone after her eye surgery.
I asked my dad to write something while he was cooped up in the house. Below is what he sent me last night. When I read it, I saw the heart that my dad has had over the years, a heart for others, a heart for God, and a heart for America.
Let the Living Water Overflow Your Life – Doug Hutton
“At the moment no rain what??? Times like these are devastating are depressing. News is slowly turning around to uplifting and encouraging. The storm is still lingering and we are ok. So many homes, cars, businesses were destroyed. At the moment, few lives have been lost but the count will rise once the water levels go down and clean up ensues. I want to help but still many roads closures. I don’t want two go out and get stuck. Maybe just maybe an opportunity for prayer, pondering, and revival which America desperately needs. We are 2/3 way through a generation of faux pas Christianity. We need men, spiritual men to mount their pulpits n preach the word. We need Christians to wake up, watch up, and witness up to a lost and dying world. Many across the nation are coming to help to rebuild cities, homes, and enviably lives. Now is the time before it really too late.”
“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” Genesis 9:13-16 KJV
To everyone that has prayed, given and helped those in need in the Houston area, thank you. It is amazing how devastation will bring people of all colors, races, political sides together. We forget the reason why we are fighting each other and stop to help one another. May we as America use this time to realize we are on the same side.
Thank you, Dad, for giving me some words of wisdom while you were waiting out the storm.
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