If you have turned on your local news at all in the past 48 hours, you have undoubtedly noticed the wildfires in Colorado that are raging out of control. Being from and living in Colorado myself obviously brings this tragedy much closer to my heart as well as the hearts and thoughts of all those who are seeing, hearing, and smelling the results of this flaming devastation. I know there are churches in nearby communities that are opening up as evacuation centers and I applaud them. I hope to continue to see more and more open their arms to everyone impacted by these fires.
As people, real people, lose their homes, many of their earthly belongings, and even as some are losing loved ones, I truly hope that those of us who can, will take this opportunity to live love.
“if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
This isn’t merely talking about sharing our wealth and food for those in need, but this is talking about sharing our very lives…our hope…the peace that only HE can give. YES, I hope we can give some relief to the people afflicted by the Colorado Wildfires, but more than that I hope we can give them true HOPE; LIFE.
Paul talked about this in his letter to the church in Thessalonica:
“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”
Church, beloved, fellow heirs…put down your excuses, ask God for some courage, and Live Love. Take some water where it’s needed. That’s great. But don’t stop there, offer a family a place to stay until they can get back on their feet or at least receive help from their loved ones.
If you’re just not sure where to begin, here are some places to give you a running start: CLICK HERE For Live News Coverage.
- Donate to evacuees using this website, http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/
- Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation – The mission of the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation is to provide aid and support to Colorado firefighters, their families and dependents, who are victims of tragedy. Donations go directly to the families or fire fighters who have served our community, going the extra mile to ensure our safety and who have suffered a tragedy. http://www.cpfffoundation.org/CPFF_Foundation/Home.html
- The Red Cross – donate online here: http://www.coloradoredcross.org/general.asp?SN=199&OP=7094&IDCapitulo=Q4Q26NY21N
SecureCare Self-Storage is offering 30 days of free storage at all its Colorado Springs-area locations. Call 1-877-907-1649.
The Red Cross in Colorado Springs is at 719-632-3563. Red Cross shelters for evacuees are at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road and Summit Middle School, 490 Meadowpark Drive, Divide. If you are east of the fire, the shelter remains at Cheyenne Mountain High School. The shelter at Woodland Park High School, 151 N. Baldwin St., has been closed. Call 719-785-2724 to see if family members are at a shelter.