When the wildfire struck our community nine months ago, we were forced to evacuate our home, along with thousands of others. Although the house across the street burned down, as did several in our neighborhood, we were grateful to learn our home had been spared.
The neighborhood came alive after the fire. The neighbors became friendlier, reaching out to one another. It seemed everyone had a story to tell.
Unfortunately, there were weeks and months of chaos and hardship for the hundreds whose homes burned. It was precious to see how the community reached out in a myriad of ways to assist. Nevertheless, the hardship persists for perhaps most who are still trying to get building permits to rebuild and are in temporary housing, including living with relatives or even in recreational vehicles.
During the early days after the fire I received an email from a former neighbor who moved across town 22 years ago. She wrote to ask if we were okay. We chatted a while and I suggested we get together for coffee when life slows down a bit. Three weeks ago (nine months later) I finally got back to her.
We had a wonderful visit catching up. Most importantly, I was able to share the Lord with her and then invite her to Bible study. I explained, “Our new Bible study starts up tomorrow!”
Upshot: She came and loved it! I just received a text from her. She is already working on her lesson and eager to return next week. Praise God! Please pray for this new/old friend as she begins a wonderful new chapter in her life.
- He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2
- Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
- SONG: GIVE ME A HEART – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity