In times of overwhelming sadness and pain it’s often the little gestures that can shine a ray of light. For many people suffering through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Aric Harding is giving them a few moments of relief. A video of Harding has blown up over the past 24 hours, in which he is seen playing a somber song on his family’s piano in the flooded living room of their home in the Houston suburb of Friendswood.
“I went back to our street today because as you guys have probably seen the water has come back with a vengeance,” he wrote on Wednesday (Aug. 30). “I hope this was its high point. I grabbed the kids’ favorite stuffed animals that we had left behind and a couple of games to keep the kids occupied. I think it’s all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone. I really think God is going to do something completely new here. I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering.”
Harding, a Houston-area pastor, said he 13-year-old son was worried about the family’s piano, which is why he decided to go back and see if it survived through the storm that has taken more than 38 lives and driven 30,000 people out of their homes and into shelters. The storm, which could end up being one of the biggest natural disasters in the nation’s history, has elicited offers of financial help from a raft of artists, including Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Drake, Solange, Fall Out Boy, Chris Young and many others.
“I wanted him to know that it was OK, and we’d fix it,” Harding told ABC 13 about his reasons for going home to check on the piano. “The video turned out to be something that really connected with people, I’m glad I took the time to encourage my son and it spilled over into other lives.”
I went back to our street today because as you guys have probably seen the water has come back with a vengeance. I hope this was its high point. I grabbed the kids’ favorite stuffed animals that we had left behind and a couple of games to keep the kids occupied. I think it’s all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone. I really think God is going to do something completely new here. I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering. Our pastor @bruce_wesley reminded us of that truth from Romans 8 this morning on his Facebook Live broadcast. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ??Romans? ?8:18-28? ?ESV??
The Red Cross has provided a list of flood safety tips, and those who wish to help can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text he word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Other organizations supporting those affected include AmeriCares, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and AABB.