Tom & I arrived in Sydney yesterday and are still fighting to get our clocks turned around. The weather here is warm and balmy. Quite a contrast to Seattle where it was heading towards winter temperatures and rain when we left on Tuesday. The fact that it is now Friday is hard to believe. Going across the dateline seems so disorienting and so much seems to have happened while we were out of touch – earthquakes in Indonesia, Tsunamis in Samoa. All so sobering when things like this can happen without any warning.
And down here in Australia there is still red dust everywhere from the incredible dust storm that hit the east coast of Australia this last week.
All this to say that it does seem to me that we are already living in turbulent times – maybe the world has always lived in turbulent times. And as far as I am concerned that does not meant that we are heading towards the end times. It is not as though earthquakes, tsunamis, plagues and other cataclysmic events have only just begun to hit our planet. No wonder God tells us to place our trust in him alone. There is nothing else that is secure.
Anyhow having said all that let me make you aware of some resources that may help during these turbulent times.
There is also another excellent resource that I would highly recommend. H1N1 Flu: Guide for Community and Faith based Organizations.
It is produced by the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. H1N1 has already hit Australia hard but the US is just gearing up for the onslaught. And more than anything I would love to see people of faith respond in a way that sets us apart and draws people closer to the God who loves us so passionately.
And if you missed them you might also like to check out a couple of blog articles I wrote over this last year.
One is an article that I wrote in April this year H1N1 Swine Flu – What Can Christians Do
Another is a liturgy that I wrote entitled Faith in Turbulent Times