February 18th in the Year of Our Lord, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Job 14:1
Man, who is born of woman, 
Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

The area of the country that I live in is suffering greatly. I live in East Texas, the deep south of the United States of America. Each winter we might experience a day or two of freezing temperatures but then it warms back up. For the past week we have experienced unprecedented cold temperatures for this area. It has been well below freezing for the past week. We have experienced two storms, which brought much ice and snow to the area. Many people have been without electrical power and have no way to warm their homes. 

As I write, my home has electricity but no running water. The hospital that I work in has little in the way of clean linen because there is no available water for the laundry. Parts of the hospital are very cold because there is no water available for the boilers which provide heat. Food is becoming scarce. If relief from the cold temperatures and the ice and snow does not come soon; I fear that many will perish. 

Things like this are a reminder that we live in a broken world but there is good news. Jesus said, “Do not be frightened.” (Mk 13:7) The Son of Man will return to gather his elect from the earth. (Mk 13:26-27) It is difficult now but we who are in Christ Jesus have hope; the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.

In Christ alone,
Michael Peek
The Nurse Theologian