Grateful greetings from the flooded Banana Bank in Belize!
This morning Herb read from our devotional. He turned to me and said, “This is certainly appropriate.”
Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
As you may or may not know, much of Belize is under water after tropical storm Eta passed by, dumping quantities of rain on the land. This water has continued into the rivers on its path to the sea. We live on the Belize River, and this kind of flooding is a first for me. I remember streets being flooded in Panama, but the water would dissipate rapidly, and we would be outside playing after only a few hours.
Today, the sun is shining, and we hope to soon see the waters begin to recede. We would like to be helpful during this disaster, but at present we are stranded on a fairly large island. Instead we will praise God for sunshine, plenty of fresh water, no wind during the storm, no trees falling toward the house, plenty of food in the pantry, electricity and Internet, all our friends reporting that they have safely weathered the storm, good health, and having each other.
We will be celebrating with online service this evening if you wish to join us on Facebook. The site is:
Lutheran Mission in Belize Time is 6:00 PM CST.
Please pray for the people of Belize and all Central America who have been adversely affected by this storm. It will require great effort to clean up the mess and restore normalcy, but, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord…”
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Markie and Herb