Friday, September 15, 2017

Displaced but Not Forgotten - Bonita Y. McCoy

Have you ever been displaced? Felt lost or upended?

Some are displaced right now due to Hurricane Harvey and Irma. They have lost their homes, valuables. And those pieces of their lives that can’t be replaced.

I’ve seen this displacement up close. I watched my family members go through it after Katrina where sewer lines ran on top of the streets for months while new ones were being put in. People lived in rentals so they could work to restore their homes. Some simply left, leaving empty lots and vehicles dotting the landscape.

Others have been displaced due to a loss of a loved one. Those that anchored them. They feel alone, unseen. The hole in their hearts too big for someone else to fill. The days and weeks feel upended and uncertain.

Then there are those who have been displaced because of divorce. A tragedy never wanted or thought of in the beginning. It leaves broken hearts even when it’s for the best. A hurt throwing you into a place of falling between the cracks.

We have a world full of displaced people, so God sent His Son, Jesus. The one who said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He understands, totally.

He understands the brokenness and hurt.

And He is our hope. You are not forgotten. God sees you, and you can place your hope in Him. He can be your anchor. “For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28).

Our home, our true home, grows out of our relationship with Jesus.

Are all these losses significant? Yes! Do they cause pain? Yes!
We would not be human if we didn’t grieve.

This is simply a reminder to everyone: we are not without hope. We are not forgotten. When we find ourselves displaced because of life, we do not have to face it on our own. God is faithful. He will never leave us or forsake us, and that’s an anchor you can depend on.  

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