A Community of Caring People

It’s fantastic to live in a community with people who care.  This evening we were unaware that the thunderstorm heading our way housed a tornado.   That is we were unaware until friends south of us who were watching television saw the threat to us.  Our phone rang and a caring voice said, “Turn on your television you are in a tornado warning zone.”   Thank you, Paul.

The next few minutes were filled with getting birds into the basement and in general preparing for the worst.  Thankfully after much thunderous noise and lots of water the storm moved east.  Hopefully those people also had someone to call them.

In I Peter 5:7 we read that God cares for us.  If we are to be imitators of Christ, as we are urged to do in Philippians, we must indeed be watchful to see need and to be quick to offer and supply what is needed.  Thankfully, I not only have people who call me I also have people who enable us to quickly reach out when we perceive problems.   Just last week I overheard one of my grad students say quietly to another student, “I don’t know how I am going to feed my four children lunch.  I don’t have any food or money.”   Needless to say because so many of you on occasion send offerings to our Spring of Life ministry her problem was cared for immediately.

It is very rewarding to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves.  God gives to us that we might be streams of blessings.  And when we are a stream, we are the ones with the biggest smile.

Written by Roger Bothwell on July 20, 2010

Spring of Life Ministry, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574