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Frightening Weather Forecast

June 10, 2019

The Rev. John Vidakovich is a friend “closer than a brother” with whom I’ve weathered many a storm over the years.

If you’re a United Methodist Christian, you’re probably aware that our Church is moving into a Cat 5 Storm Season.

“What’s that mean, Joe?” Glad you asked; here’s a fairly detailed answer —

Winds at or greater than 155 mph cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals (read: you should be nowhere near this storm!).

Complete or almost-complete destruction of mobile homes, frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected, and nearly all trees in the area will be snapped or uprooted.

Power outages can last for weeks and possibly months.

Long-term water shortages should be expected as well, and most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. []

— Lots to unpack in there, and I want to get back to this.

But let’s do that in the context of what Johnny Vee wrote recently has graciously given me permission to share with you here —

You Said You Would (A Reflection for the Baptized)

“You said you would,” said the little voice in the back seat as we passed the ice cream parlor.
A reminder of a promise made.
A charge to keep.
“Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?”
You said you would.
“Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?”
You said you would.
“Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?”
You said you would.

— We said we would.

And a whole lot people heard us.

And so did God.


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