As I stand out in the backyard, it strikes me – again – how incredibly blessed I am. The weather is as close to perfection as it can be (except for the stupid pollen, which makes my eyes itch like crazy and stuffs up my head!) In spite of the physical and financial challenges, life is good. How can I wrap my head around the destruction in Houston, Puerto Rico, and the many other island countries in the path of hurricanes Irma and Jose? Then there are the fires raging in the northwest, with over 50000 acres involved so far. India, Nepal, Pakistan and southern Asia having massive rains and flooding, Yemen and other countries suffering a desperate lack of food and sanitation because of the bombing and fighting. Homeless and stranded people just trying to survive all over the world.
Makes my head hurt.
What can I, one human being without financial resources, do to help? There is one thing that every single person can do, regardless of our circumstances, good, bad, or indifferent. That one thing is perhaps the single most powerful and important thing we can do.
“NEVER stop praying,” or as the NIV says, “Pray continually.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (http://bible.com/116/1th.5.17.NLT) And from the Apostle Paul: “….I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” – Acts of the Apostles 20:35 (http://bible.com/116/act.20.35.NLT)