Sharing our lives

July 3, 2013

by Carla Bregani, Senior Communications Advisor

“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8b

(Photo credit: Gord Erickson)

In the last two weeks, volunteerism has reached new heights in southern Alberta. From CEOs and celebrities carrying mouldy furniture to the curb, to children pulling wagons down the street full of ice water and sandwiches for famished volunteers, it seems that all of Calgary and the surrounding area has taken to lending a hand in a big way.

Good news stories abound – homeowners with no one to turn to who are surprised by volunteers at their doorstep, companies with industrial equipment showing up to pump out basements free of charge, and more.

But as much of Calgary goes back to work and even hosts a somewhat toned-down Stampede, many homeowners in Calgary, Medicine Hat, High River, Siksika Nation, and all along our rivers, are not going back to regular routines. They’re being forced to acknowledge a new reality – one that may include financial ruin and the loss of personal items including pets, photos, and other special belongings.

“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8b

As life returns to normal for some, I’m glad that Samaritan’s Purse and the Rapid Response Team chaplains are there for others. They’re there to volunteer – to get messy and dirty and tired and sore and sweaty – for the sake of sharing our lives with a group of God’s children who might need physical assistance.

They’re also there to listen – to cry and hug and support and pray – for the sake of sharing our lives with a group of God’s children who might need spiritual and emotional care.

Sharing our lives means sticking with those who need us and inconveniencing ourselves for the sake of others. And why do we do it? Because we loved you so much. Because God loves you. And we do too.

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