Reciprocate: to give, feel, etc., in return

Eight years ago, our lives changed dramatically. Hurt more deeply by a church than we ever imagined possible, my husband and I eventually packed our belongings and moved close to family. We had no home, no jobs and nothing on the horizon. It was going to be a long, long time before life resembled normal. For 13 long months, as we struggled to rebuild our lives, my best friend, Marsha, stood by me. Though separated by nearly a thousand miles, Marsha kept me together when my life was falling apart. She frequently reminded me that members of her Sunday School class were praying for us. It didn’t matter that they’d never met us. They were in it for the long haul. No matter how long it took, they were going to continue praying until God put our lives back together.

I couldn’t imagine having a class like that.

Until now.

One of the greatest blessings that God has granted us in this chapter of our lives is an amazing Sunday School class that loves and prays for each other. So when Marsha texted that she and her husband, Vic, were evacuating their home in Rockport, Texas, because they were right in the path of Hurricane Harvey, I knew it was time to reciprocate. This was an opportunity to give back to her what she’d given to me eight years ago. I could give her my group of friends who faithfully prays. A quick email to the class explained the situation, and this morning in Sunday School Marsha and Vic’s names were added to the prayer board, along with other class members’ family and friends who live on the Texas coast.

As the head of FEMA declares that the damage from Harvey “is just the beginning,” there’s no doubt that it will be a long, long time before life begins to resemble normal. Regardless of how long that takes, there’s one thing I know. My Sunday School class will pray. It doesn’t matter that they’ve never met Marsha and Vic. They’re in it for the long haul. No matter how long it takes, they will continue praying until God puts their lives back together.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).




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