“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet!” – Deuteronomy 22:4
When others are hurting, we as followers of Jesus pray, worship, and offer well-wishes. We also serve, lend a hand, and meet a need. We try to be proactive and we try to be as effective as we can can be. We as a church looked to see what we could do as a body of believers to help those affected by Hurricane Michael. But what can you do as an individual?
First and foremost, if you are so led by the Lord, you can donate to the Northstar Hurricane Michael relief efforts by going to this website: https://nstar.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving. But there are other ways to help as our communities start the rebuilding process.
If you have the ability, provide a meal. Take a meal to one who needs a hot meal. Provide food to those living on the street. Buy the meal for the person behind you in the drive-thru line. Or give to the local food bank. Food banks do wonderful work providing meals for men, women, and children who have lost the ability to cook in the hurricane. Donate water. We need clean, safe water to survive. Donations of water to a local disaster relief center, to first responders, or to Northstar are critically important. Donate clothing. There are those who are always in need of clothes. And finally take care of the elderly. We have many senior citizens in our communities and many may find themselves isolated because their families cannot get down to the Panhandle to assist them. If you know of any senior, in that position, do what you can to help them as they may not be able to help themselves. Take them to the store, or go to the store for them. Make sure they have their prescriptions or take them to the Pharmacy.
Don’t forget to do everything in love. We can make a huge difference in the lives of many, and ourselves, by demonstrating the love of Jesus.
- Of the things I suggested, what is the one thing you could do this week to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
- Is there an older person that needs your help? If so, what is stopping you from gating involved?