In his letter to the Church in Rome Paul writes these words:
“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:8-10
Earlier this week I received an email from Thomas Halsey, a longtime member of St Thomas Church, now living in Houston, and an active member of another St Thomas Church there. While the Halsey family was spared, their church and school were not. Thomas wrote asking for help from St Thomas folks for the immediate needs of their church and school – if you are able to help, I encourage you to do so. Here is a portion of the email, with links:
“Our immediate financial need to deal with short term expenses and allow us to restart regular worship and put the students into temporary classrooms is $650,000. We are trying to raise this sum in one week. If there are parishioners at St. Thomas’, Alexandria, who feel moved to help us, there is a website set up at https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/36235. that will accept flood damage donations by credit card or bank account transfer. This page is also accessible through both the St. Thomas Episcopal Church https://stthomashouston.org. and the St. Thomas Episcopal School http://www.stes.org/ web pages, which also have a lot of information both about our programs and mission and about flood damage and recovery.”
St Thomas to St Thomas, doing God’s work, living God’s love.
Love your neighbor as yourself. We are seeing a lot of that these days in a variety of ways. Hurricane relief in all forms from private boats used for rescue to donations of thousands and thousands of pairs of new underwear for those who have been displaced, to thousands of dollars. Love your neighbor as yourself. These massive storms, wildfires and other disasters remind us that no matter how organized or self-sufficient we may be, no matter how strong we are, there may come a time when we may need help in order to survive. They also remind us that we are all in this together, and our strength comes from generosity and love.
Let us pray:
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,