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Highlands Blog: Dr. Lawrence’s Thoughts about Irma and the Highlands Campus Recovery

Highlands Blog: Dr. Lawrence’s Thoughts about Irma and the Highlands Campus Recovery

When my neighbor, Alice, and I met Monday in the street, we began to look over the downed trees, the bent street sign, and all the other damage. “God was gracious and kind to us,” she said.

It is a test of our faith to know that God is good, and He is good all the time, even when we have a hurricane season forcing us to reflect on this truth. The truth of who God is and how differently things looked on our street Monday, when compared to what we saw the previous Monday, led to some good conversation between me and Alice.

As we did our appraisal of damage, we were reminded of others who have suffered much more. We could not help but think there are many who have lost so much, or even all they had…in Texas, the Caribbean Islands, the Keys, and now across our State of Florida. These thoughts cause the heart of the believer to be humbled before God.

I hope and pray you and your family are safe and sound. The administration and faculty of Highlands want you to know the prayers we have offered are first, prayers of praise and thanksgiving for God’s safety and protection. Second, we are praying for our community to quickly heal.

But on to a better thought. With so many trees down here on campus, I was not sure how long it would take us to clean up after Irma. We put out a request to those who were available to come on Tuesday and help. It brought a smile to my face to see so many people show up and work hard and happily (in the heat), accomplishing all the necessary things in a day.  It was a blessing to be able to resume classes yesterday.

As you continue to clean up and deal with any damage at your home or work place, please be safe and may God protect you even now. As our community heals, may we be mindful of those who are suffering so much more. Let’s commit together to pray for their speedy recovery.

God bless and keep you,

Steven Lawrence, Ph.D.

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