“The famine eventually came during the rule of Claudius. So the disciples decided that each of them would send whatever they could to their fellow Christians in Judea to help out.” Acts 11:29
Whenever a disaster occurs, people step up to the challenge to help one another with cash or time and talent. According to Apostle Paul’s message in Acts, this is nothing new. When the disciples heard about a famine in Judea, they wasted no time and took a collection and sent representatives to deliver their gifts.
When we lived in Nebraska the Big Blue River flooded. One of the families in our church had five feet of silty flood water in their home. I was pregnant and couldn’t go into the home to clean, so instead I washed laundry–clothing and linens. My electronic technician husband helped with the clean up and discovered a floor-model television that had been immersed in water and tossed onto the lawn. He brought it home, dried it out, and cleaned every tube and wire. When he put it back together, it worked!
After a crisis, an insurance check may arrive to help rebuild or restore, but it is the love shown by friends, neighbors, or complete strangers that helps restore the soul.
Dear Lord, help us share our gifts of time, talent, and monies to those who need it the most. Amen.