NOTE: Commentary is made as a private citizen and not as Regional Coordinator for Silent No More or Leader of Rachel's Hope, unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Out of the Ashes

Here in San Diego County, fires are coming at us from all directions. Visions of families and businesses evacuating, and ruins of homes that fell prey to the flames are flooding airwaves and the internet.  But through the weeds of tragedy blooms flowers of compassion.

Emergency responders are bravely and tirelessly risking their lives, and the press is working non-stop to keep us updated.  Friends and neighbors are reaching out to one another.  Doors are graciously opened to those displaced by evacuation; in fact, people are even going to ranches and animal shelters to foster animals in harms way. Most schools in the county are closed, which means working parents are faced with the unexpected expense of daycare  -- the YMCA announced they will provide FREE daycare and I'm sure there are other organizations out there doing the same.  

On the home-front, our phone has been ringing non-stop. Friends and family from all over have been calling to check on us, and we've had offers from friends in neighboring towns to stay with them until the danger passes.  

God's word is alive!  

'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; 
I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; 
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 
naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; 
I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer 
Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, 
or thirsty, and give You drink? 'And when did we see 
You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 
"And the King will answer and say to them, 
'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, 
even the least of them, you did it to Me.'     
(Matthew 25:35-40)

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