And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:33, 35-36
Chuck Forbes has a new liver.
He almost didn't get that liver. The long-awaited call for him to show up at a Denver hospital came to his Wyoming home during the middle of a blizzard. Chuck and his wife Ruth covered 250 miles when they ran into a barrier that said the road was closed.
Ruth called 911, and patrolman Chuck Bloom arrived. Chuck visited with the family and got the area boss for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Ten minutes later they had a convoy of plow trucks. In whiteout conditions, the couple followed tightly behind the trucks. Soon other trucks joined in to widen the path. Those trucks opened that road for 80 miles. Good job, WYDOT!
That story reminded me of a time when my congregation's farmers and families came together to bring in the harvest of one of our members who was ill. Even now I can see the rows of combines swathing their way across the fields -- the trucks transporting their grain with support and relief drivers at the ready.
In case I've never told you, Immanuel, Lakefield, GOOD JOB!
This is just my way of getting around to say that God's people, for all of the criticism we often get, can do some wonderful things when we come together for a purpose.
We who have been redeemed by the Christ, who have been given blessings we never deserved, are often given the opportunity to make a difference -- a positive difference, a witness of thankful hearts.
I doubt if the world will notice, but it still is the kind of thing that makes God's people happy for what the Holy Spirit can do through them.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the world gives us many nasty situations. Send Your Holy Spirit upon Your redeemed people so they may reply with a powerful Christian witness. This we ask in the Name of the Savior whose blood brings us together. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries