When you lose everything, you come to find out that it wasn't really everything.
- A semi-direct quote from church yesterday after the devastating fires in our community, in which there are more than a few families who really have lost everything.
Although I know there are really, really tough times ahead for many of these families and individuals...I also know it has been comforting to see a community gather around and display an amazing amount of generosity and love to those affected by the situation. It reminds me that people are genuinely good hearted and giving.
I also think that when a situation is in our backyard, our first response is to give and help in any way we can. When these are the faces of people we know - it is our first instinct to love. And give open-handed and open-hearted. And that is incredibly encouraging.