The Ability to Choose

July 9, 2013

by Kara Boda, Communications Advisor

“It is the ability to choose which makes us human.”

Christian author Madeleine L’Engle once wrote, “It is the ability to choose which makes us human”. At first, I’m inclined to disagree. In the wake of a natural disaster, it’s hard to believe that humanity has a choice in how life unfolds.

Tornados. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Mudslides. Avalanches. Floods. They sweep through indiscriminately, wiping out ways of life, livelihoods, savings accounts, and hope.

And yet…

Is all hope gone? It seems that humanity begs to differ.

Over the last few weeks, countless people have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support victims of the flooding in southern Alberta. And thousands of volunteers have devoted time and energy to helping homeowners prepare for rebuild.

Madeleine L’Engle was right—it is our ability to choose that makes us human.

In the aftermath of a disaster, we can choose to band together. And together—as we will learn in the coming weeks and months—we can accomplish incredible acts of service, love, and healing in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Units are deployed to help in Calgary and the surrounding area, and these tractor-trailers are specially-equipped and highly effective because of the support of people like you. From tearing out ruined drywall to spraying to prevent mould, your donations of time and effort, prayers, and financial support reflect your choice to serve and love others who need help.

Today, you have the ability to choose. Will you make a choice to be a Good Samaritan to people in need?