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Frigid Temps Gracious Hearts

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

1392583_car_tracks_in_snowTwo stories.
Car related.

My friend Lois posted on Facebook, “we slid off the road, over a curb, and got stuck in a snowbank on a sidewalk.”

Here’s the “Good stuff…passengers fine, car fine.” That’s real good news.

With health and safety not an issue Lois continued with what she called “awesome stuff.”

Frigid Temps Gracious Hearts

Once they assessed their circumstances they called their neighbor with a “monster truck.” These are the days everyone wished they knew a neighbor with a monster truck.

Better yet, Monster-truck Neighbor has a good heart. He said he’d “be right over.”

Lois and crew were about a mile and half from home at the time. As they awaited Monster-truck Neighbor’s arrival the kind-hearted people in Maple Grove began to arrive.  Lois explains, “Before he got there about ten cars had stopped; people wanted to help.” 

Caring, determined and successful.

“We were unstuck”, Lois explained, before Monster-truck Neighbor arrived. They shook hands with good people, and “learned we have more ‘neighbors’ than we realized.”

Frigid Temps Gracious Hearts

My daughter Shannon’s Toyota Camry has served her well, but this winter has exacerbated it’s demise. When the finances are available she will buy a new car. Unfortunately, even with a fresh battery, it wouldn’t start.

Last night after a long-day of work Shannon’s brother Josh came home. Josh no longer works as a mechanic, but five minutes after getting home from work he applied all of mechanical know-how to try to get Shannon’s car started.

An hour outside in -11 degree air temperatures (-34 “real feel”). The cold prevailed. The efforts failed. Josh did not.

Josh and Monster-truck Neighbor and Lois’s “neighbors” demonstrated what many people have called the inherent “goodness in humanity.” I believe that it’s inherited – it’s learned – from our Creator who challenges us to have gracious hearts.

Never abandon a friend—either yours or your father’s.
When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance.
It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away. 1

Having close caring people is essential to safe communities. Community is a cultivated commodity. Kindness is the crop.

It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need…but being kind to the needy brings happiness.” 2

Rather than fear of strangers, let’s be gracious. Kindness blesses everyone.

Frigid temps or not, “Let’s cultivate gracious hearts  and make the world a better place” is mysilentscream today.

1 – Proverbs 27:10, NLT
2 – Proverbs 14:21, MSG & NCV

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