Posted by: wordofthevine | November 5, 2012

The Cross and Hurricane Sandy

As I rode the exercise bike at the YMCA today and watched the TV news, I saw the startling devastation in Staten Island, NY and in New Jersey from Hurricane  Sandy. My mind jumped to my own experience riding in the Salvation Army truck, delivering food and drink to homeless survivors of the great flood in my city, Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008. My fear today was that if people thought of you, God, they would blame you rather than the forces of nature for the devastation of Sandy. In the sight of ravaged homes, and overwhelmed people, what are we to think about you, Jesus, and the power of your Cross?  Is it still a force that can lift us up and transform us today?  We asked these questions in Cedar Rapids in 2008 as well as today.

I saw in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that I was drawn to help my neighbors, day after day. You moved amazingly in our hearts and in people we had never met. You drew us together and inspired  us to roll up our sleeves, dig out  moldy drywall and sewage saturated floor boards from the flooded homes. Busloads of strangers arrived, of all ages, from all over the country for many months to help my city rebuild. Consistently, volunteers reported a startling experience: they weren’t repulsed by the gross rubble and needy people, but they could keep on giving, even when usually they would have stopped. In the depths, your Love, Jesus, became active in our hearts. It was palpable, this ability to love and endure beyond our simple human resources, like today, Your Resurrected presence walks among us.  Somehow, the words, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you, as though something strange were happening to you… for in this paradox, Christ’s glory is revealed (1 Pt 4:12-13). Somehow, the Cross presents an itinerary of growth for us all, where “the spirit of God rests upon us” ((1 Pt 4:14). Think about your own life, it’s only when you don’t have enough  capacity to cope, that you relinquish control to live through your humanness on grace. ~Mary


  1. Mary… I am becoming your fan, thanks for the notes, light and yet profound

    • Dear Maria,
      Thank you for your comments. We’d welcome ideas from your interests to address in future blogs.

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