I have been serving with four great men from our congregation this past week in Kinston, NC. We have been working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help a victim of flash flooding that occurred from heavy rains during last year’s Hurricane Matthew. The person’s home we are helping to “re-construct” is Ms. Helen. She is an older woman who is retired after working 27 years with the Department of Corrections. She has been working with us every day this week! It is not always the case that we get to work with the homeowners on trips like this so it has been a real treat to get to know Ms. Helen and to learn about her life.
I want to invite you to pray for Ms. Helen this weekend as a family. She was struck by flash floods when heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew caused rivers to swell their banks and storm drains to back up with debris. Her house, where she grew up and where she now lives, had 18 inches of standing water. She lost almost everything. She has been living in a FEMA trailer behind the home for the past year until her house was ready to occupy. She has been working with groups off and on that whole time. I know that our presence here has been an encouragement to her.
I suspect there is an elderly person in your neighborhood or in your community that is in need that you and your family could get to know better. Perhaps you could encourage them by helping them out at home, or having them over to dinner, or offering to pray for them. Surprise them with a visit or a card or ask them to go to dinner with your family. When our lives intersect with others and God opens a door for a relationship we find that we are blessed as we learn about someone else’s life and experience. Thanks for sharing your life with others!
To God be the Glory!