Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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A Helping Hand
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
As I was finishing up a bike ride on the trial this week, I saw a couple sitting on a bench by the river. The lady caught my attention as I rode by and asked if I lost a flash light. I looked down and sure enough my bike light had fallen off my handlebars. The gentlemen pulled it out of his pocket and handed it to me. I thanked them, they gave me a reassuring smile and wished me a good day.
The couple did not have to seek out the owner of the lost flashlight. I am sure they had not planned to sit on a bench that afternoon and wait for folks to come by asking one by one if they were missing a flashlight. But they did. I was very appreciative. If they had not returned it to me, it is likely I would not have noticed the missing flashlight until the next time I needed it, which would have been frustrating. At the very least it would have meant shelling out a few bucks to go purchase another. But this biggest thing was the positive feeling I got that someone who had no idea who I was cared enough to make sure I got my flashlight back.
Many folks in the Amherst/Lynchburg area have experienced loss in the recent tornado storms. Part of the vision of Woodland is that we reach OUT to our community and help them in any way God may lead. It is my understanding there has been a command site set up at Food Lion in Madison Heights where volunteers can be matched up with homeowners with a variety of needs. Feel free to click here – Volunteer to Help – to begin the volunteer process. Your willingness to serve will not only be blessing to those in need, but I feel certain God will provide you with a blessing as well as you serve others in the name of Christ.
Think about it…
• Pray that God will lead you to invest your time, energy and resources in the manner HE desires to provide the greatest benefit to those in need.
• Are there other people God might want you to invite to join you in this effort?

Surrendering to Christ,