“Some give freely but get even richer. Others don’t give what they should but get even poorer” (Prov. 11:24, niv).
Looking back on 1998, we see all the damage caused by El Ni?o. Thousands lost loved ones, homes and possessions from flooding, tornadoes or hurricane-force winds and mud slides.
It is during such extreme crises that we most appreciate church relief agencies, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. These service agencies are staffed by people dedicated to relieving suffering. And there is certainly a lot of it to be relieved!
Most of us are not in full-time Christian service, but all of us help suffering people when we financially support our mission relief programs, the Red Cross, World Vision, Bread for the World and other human service agencies.
As we come to the end of 1998, let’s not forget to share our blessings through our support of these vital agencies. What better way to face the uncertainties of 1999? Give to the relief agency of your choice.
Father, help us to realistically evaluate our blessings of 1998. Remind us how we can pass them on to people who suffered big losses. Amen.