THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK, September 13, 2019

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I wonder what you would save from your home if it was at risk of being destroyed.

Discounting pets, what would be so precious that you would make every effort to save it?

It has been heartbreaking to see the devastation that has been inflicted on the Bahamas in this latest hurricane.

The country is flattened, thousands are homeless, and food and clean water are in short supply.

It is quite unimaginable.

Lashing rain and 185mph winds from this ferocious storm have left many dead and hundreds missing.

A lifetime of belongings has disappeared in the wind and people have been left with nothing.

What did they save?

Well, many saved their bibles. Pictures show these traumatised, suffering people laying out their bibles in the sun to dry them off.

Amid the horror and the fear, they saved bibles.

What a testament to their faith.

I wonder which of us would think to rescue a bible. Would we?

Or would we go for our phone, or iPad, or our most expensive jacket?

Bibles drying in the sun must be one of the greatest symbols of faith I have witnessed.

How precious the word of God is to some, and what an example of faith against the odds.

As the bibles dry in the sun, the words that give comfort and inspiration will once again speak to these despairing people, with a hope that sustains them regardless of what life throws at them.

When everything crashed around them, the people in the storms of life rescued their bibles.

This was what brought them comfort.

What would you save in the storm?