|Tiffs Restaurant - where we had Easter dinner this year|
|Hess Station on Rt 23 where I regularly get gas|
|A&P, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Moe's - great little shopping plaza|
For days, the media hype streamed its warnings. But in less than 24 hours, Hurricane Irene blew in and blew out, leaving floods, power outages, downed trees, and overall destruction in her wake.
It is a week later. The skies are sunny and much of the water has receded, but the major clean-up is just beginning. Mud covers the parking lots. Mold grows in basements. Houses and their contents are ruined.
Though the powerful storm was short-lived, its aftermath will continue for years.
And what about the aftermath of our actions?
Sometimes, one mis-spoken word alters relationships.
An indiscretion creates havoc.
A foolish prank triggers repercussions.
A quick decision brings consequences.
The choices we make today will reap an aftermath tomorrow.
There is a natural law that Paul sums up in Galatians 6:7-10 -
"Don't be misled - you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature."
Of course the opposite is also true:
"But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit."
Hillsong United named their latest album Aftermath because "instead of living in the aftermath of our mistakes and sin, we can live in the aftermath of what Jesus has done for us."
After natural or man-made disasters, there are the expected devastating consequences.
After the cross, there was and is the unexpected consequence - what appeared to be total destruction and loss one tragic Friday 2000 years ago was complete victory the following Sunday. A victory that is ours today.
"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone - especially to those in the family of faith."