The City of Brent

. Website – http://www.cityofbrentalabama.com
. Mayor – Dennis Stripling
. Characterizes itself as a strong Christian community
. Founded in 1898 in southern portion of Bibb County
. Named after Brent H. Armstrong, a surveyor for the railroad
. Incorporated in 1913
. Motto: Proven in Tempest.
. 90% of the town was destroyed by a devastating tornado in May 1973. The citizens rallied together and rebuilt their community. They have an annual gathering to remember how it changed their community. You can read about the tornado and the latest remembrance service here.
. 45.5 miles from Birmingham

While researching this city, I was really impressed by their efforts to rebuild after such devastation, and their continuing faith in the Lord through it all. Like Isaiah 61:4, they “rebuilt the ancient ruins” and “raised up the former devastations; and they repaired the ruined cities.” I was also struck that they describe themselves as a “strong Christian community” on their website. That’s not something you see every day. 

Heavenly Father, You are our firm foundation through the fiercest storm. All who cling to You will not be shaken. You are faithful, a very present help in trouble. All who trust in You have nothing to fear.

We lift up the community of Brent, Alabama to You. Thank You for the work You have done in their midst and the way You caused them to come together and grow stronger through something that brought such destruction. We ask, Lord, that You would continually guide the people of Brent. (Is. 61: 11a) Give them the desires of their hearts as they delight themselves in You. (Psalm 37:4)

Lord, as they have done in their physical community, we pray that You would also let the Church in Brent do in surrounding communities. Strengthen the Body of believers in Brent. We pray that they would be able to connect with believers in the surrounding communities and be used by You to be a repairer of the breaches caused by sin and deception. Use them to restore the lives of people who have been ravaged by the forces of evil. Use them to meet the real needs of the least and the lost around them. 

We pray for Mayor Stripling, the city council members, and all those who help lead the city of Brent, and ask that You would give them Your wisdom, and cause them to seek You on every decision. Let them not trust in their own strengths and resources, instead cause them to recognize their dependence on You alone. Bless them, so that as they seek after Your kingdom and Your righteousness, all the other things would be added unto them. 

Amen.

Is there a verse or prayer the Lord is laying on your heart for this city today?