This post was written by our Pastor of Discipleship, Jed Stevens
Times of crisis are when we really find out where our hearts are focused. We realize what’s important, we realize that maybe we sometimes place too high an emphasis on that new iPhone, those golf clubs, or that piece of furniture. If your belongings mean everything to you, what happens if they are stripped away? What’s left? How do you carry on?
Many came out of this flood without a single belonging, without their homes, their keepsakes, nothing but the clothes they had when they fled the rising waters. This isn’t some remote event occurring on the national news, this is our backyard, maybe even our front yard! In order to serve the people of Columbia, in order to show them the love of Christ, we will be collecting food and water to deliver to those in need on Thursday at 3pm. If you would like to join this effort, please drop any donations off at the church at any time on Thursday.
The unity I’ve seen in the emergency responders over the past few days is striking. Without fail, each of them emphasizes the need to focus on preserving life. In essence, that’s what Christ came to do, isn’t it? No, he wasn’t here to preserve life in the sense of earthly existence. He said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” His purpose was to provide a way of salvation, so that sinners may be saved and brought into eternal life with Christ. Though earthly possessions may have been destroyed, and though lives were lost, many lives were saved by the efforts of those who risked their lives to brave the flood. Now that the waters have receded, let’s come together to love our city, to show the love of Christ, and provide for both the physical and spiritual needs of our community.