Caring for our community

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Back in early April of this year I stopped by the post office to get a package weighed to be mailed out.

As I arrived at the door, I was surprised to see a notice posted instructing me to wait for a postal staff member to buzz me in, for safety reasons.

When I entered, I asked the clerk about the reason for the extra precautionary measures, as I had never noticed this before.

She replied that there were certain people not allowed in, whose behaviour was unacceptable.

Immediately I thought about how many broken lives exist in our community.

We have government programs that seek to address these issues but still they persist, and even increase.

Jesus had a heart for the hurting people of His community and reached out to them in many different compassionate ways.

He fed the hungry, healed the sick, and didn’t ignore those who were seen as outcasts and despised by the people around them.

The apostle John, speaking about the example of Christ which we should follow, said this in 1 John 3:16-18: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

I realize that we cannot solve everyone’s problems, but we can certainly seek constructive ways to help with some of them, as the Lord directs.

Why not pray and ask the Lord to help you to help someone this week?

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