God is a sure refuge

IMG_0971God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.[c] 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Almost exactly a year ago, we saw flames dancing high into the air in our home town, fire raging as bright as day against the mountains. Many were evacuated and lost their homes. Tonight, sweet friends are sleeping with us, having evacuated their home. Other dear friends lost their homes tonight. The fire is raging in an area where there are thousands of homes and thousands have been evacuated.

We would so appreciate your prayers for our area and for our friends. Thank you so much for your many notes and prayers.

I am so deeply grateful for all of the firefighters and police and volunteers who have risked their lives and for many who have tirelessly served all of us in our community.

For all who have been effected in these trying times: May our precious God grant comfort, peace and rest to you and your precious children. You are in the prayers of our family.