Thursday, September 01, 2005

Each One Reach One

On Sundays at church, I try (not always with success) to introduce myself to someone I don't know. I have a sneaking suspicion if more people would take the time to meet and greet others, more people may feel connected to the body of Christ. If they in turn do the same, I wonder what the results would be?

I was blessed this morning almost to tears. I picked up the local newspaper and found a section devoted to messages appearing online at www.nola.com, which has forums for offers of support as well as a missing persons section for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Several families were offering to take in survivors; one in particular caught my attention:

"Two bedrooms, food and clothing available in Central PA. Prefer family. Free. Ride to schools available. Not rich but we will make do. Will travel to south to pick you up."

Not rich? How can they say that? Indeed, doesn't the blessing of opening your heart and home far outweigh any bank balance?

What if everyone who could, would do something like that? There are endless opportunities to reach out, and be the hands and feet of Christ to people in dire need right now. What can I do? What would the Lord have me do? Will I sit back and just breathe a sigh of relief that once again, I was spared in my safe little corner of Pennsylvania? Or will I take a risk and try to be of help?

2 comments:

BooMama said...

Great post - and I remember being all over those nola message boards this time last year, blown away by the number of people who were displaced, looking for relatives, etc.

It makes me wonder about how all their stories ended, you know?

Lori said...

That was a heartwrenching time. Watching all the people struggle was sooo sad. We live so far away to be of help that way, but I know many people that did help and it was such a blessing.

Thanks for sharing.