And so it is with two local men who felt that driving to Houston, hooking up with the Second Baptist Church and Pastor Craig Reynolds (a former Houston Astros shortstop) in Houston, and donating their time and energy to helping where needed. Their mission is to help in any way possible and to answer the simple question of WWJD. .. What would Jesus do? Paul and Jim are on a mission to “save some starfish”, and what better way than to get your hands dirty and help families, one at a time.
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is beyond anything that words can describe. Pictures can show the destruction of homes, cars, businesses and even life. Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and everything you owned was gone. Include in this the business that you worked at, the paycheck that no longer exists, the lack of food and shelter, and the despair and loss of hope that you would be feeling. And in every direction you look your friends and family and neighbors by the millions are frightened to their last nerve as you all wonder how you will survive. There is no electricity, no water, no food, no stores to buy food, no way to get to stores if money were not an issue, and all the while the threat of another hurricane lurking in the Atlantic.
Storms do bring out the worst in people, but they also bring out the best in so many others. There are thousands of Paul Vogel’s and Jim Bognar’s descending on Houston and Florida with but the muscle on their bones and a desire to help every family, rich or poor, white or black or Hispanic, and every color in-between, and every faith under God. Seen nailed over one door was a simple sign: Grant me patience Lord, but hurry!! Our TV’s are filled with videos and pictures that try to capture all that is going on in Houston and now, Florida, and all the other countries that were hit so hard by Hurricane Irma.
The simple phrase This Too Shall Pass makes for a nice graphic to place over a sofa in one’s home, but it is hard to believe the message when the sofa and the wall of the house has been blown away. This is where true faith comes in as there will come a time that all of the houses will be rebuilt. All the furniture, and clothes and appliances and cars and all that has been lost will be replenished. Eternity is what ultimately matters, and all of those who have joined in the quest to rebuild Houston and the East Coast and beyond are following their hearts as they seek to be of service to all of the victims as God’s helpers.
So, thanks to Paul, and Jim and the thousands who have donated to the cause of rebuilding lives. Find a charitable group, from the Red Cross to veterans groups to local churches that are collecting money to help those who cannot help themselves, and give as though you were the one that needed to receive. Forego the steak and go with a hot dog and send the extra money to help. Every penny does become a dollar which does become a life savor to those who need your kindness and generosity more now than ever before. You will feel great when you give more than you think you can afford.
And prayers are always welcomed…for the victims and for those trying to make a difference to every starfish and every child of God.
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