"...let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest..." 1 John 3:18-19
Feeling as if the tidal wave for needed bottled water in South Carolina had crested and diminished, i felt embarrassed. Not a single bottle did i contribute. For the past week, news coverage shown countless people from across the state contributing truckload after truckload of bottled water to the flood victims.
But self-pity is pointless, unproductive and unnecessary. There are still numerous opportunities to help. Currently, some items being collected are cleaning supplies, diapers, toiletry items, pet supplies, non-perishable food and gift cards. Like the ocean waves, the needs will be various and ongoing in our state. The only decision to regret is not catching any wave of assistance.
Father, floods, accidents, death, sickness... may we remember most tragedies usually strikes quick and hard; but the healing usually requires an extended period of continuous waves of love, understanding, compassion and help. Long after the newspapers stories stop and the television cameras move on, may we remember and do. Keep our hearts and hands active in service to others in need.
friend, we are loved and chosen by God,