Saturday, January 16, 2010

Love your neighbor.

With all the news regarding the disaster in Haiti, I wonder how many people consider them our neighbors. They are going to need a great deal of assistance to help them get back on their feet. I know that this will not happen in a day, or a week, or a month, or even a year, but with God's help and the help of God's people it will happen.
I have heard it said that it is too dangerous to go over there and help them, but didn't Jesus put himself in danger throughout his ministry. He was not afraid the heal the sick on the Sabbath, he was not afraid to touch the leper, he was not afraid to talk to a woman.
If fear is keeping us from offering our assistance, how are we fulfilling our Christian mission. Sure, not everyone can go. That would just add to the chaos that is already there. But people with talents, like doctors, nurses, interpreters, builders, and tradespeople, are going to be in short supply in comparison to the great need.
Donations are great and should be encouraged, however, I believe that gifts of money,as well as time and talent, are the gifts we are asked to share with others.
Members of my family have volunteered to offer their time to go to Haiti to share their time and talent with those who are so very much in need. I am so proud of them and know that God will be watching over them so that they will be safe. It is when the need is the greatest that we should be offering our help. To wait until it is safe to go and help seems to fall short of Jesus' example.

Blessings and love to all,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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