In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
I had the opportunity to volunteer in Ocean City this past weekend and help with the disaster relief efforts. My heart was torn by the loss the residents had experienced and although being there made me sad, there is no place I would have rather been. I often say that I want to be a full-time volunteer. I would love to be able to just plant myself in spots where people need help – whether it disaster relief efforts like unloading trucks of supplies, gutting flooded houses or sitting with a distraught resident and just listening, praying and giving hugs or drilling wells and building pumps in a remote villages. People from all over the country are rallying together to help victims of Sandy. It is really an amazing example of ‘loving your neighbor’ – even if your “neighbor” is hundreds of miles away. I just want to encourage you all to continue to pray for those in need and help where you can (collecting and distributing supplies, helping to clean out houses, etc). Let us all portray the love of Christ to our neighbors…no matter how far away they live.