STANDING UP…………I have not had any kind of personal connection to the city of Baltimore.  Yet, I have found the news to be saddening.  As of today, there have been 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires, 19 structure fires and many injuries to both citizens and police officers.

Is there a silver lining in all of this?  Maybe.  As reports surfaced that demonstrators were going to target the mall after school was let out, many community leaders and officials decided to meet at the mall to “pray and stand firm against” any possible violence.

Why would leaders and city officials do such a thing?  Why would they risk potential harm?

One of the leaders was asked that exact question.  Here was his reply:  “It’s my community.  This is where I live and work.  If there’s an opportunity to stand together and calm things down, then we’ve got to do it.”

What impresses me most is that this leader was willing to become responsible for his community.

I imagine that he could of said these things:

“Oh well……not much that I can do about it.  What will be, will be.”

“I’m sure that the officials that are hired to take care of this will handle the job.”

He didn’t.  He made intentional plans to get involved.  He then acted on those plans.  How is the Lord asking you to do the same?  How can you bring a little peace into the world?  Where are the difficult assignments that you can involve yourself?

Not all of us are placed into intense situations like Baltimore.  But…..I firmly believe that there are positions that we could place ourselves to make our neighborhoods and communities a better place.  God’s strength be with you as you seek out those opportunities.

HELPING NEPAL……….Our Parish nurse, Gayle Taylor, shared with me a ministry that she has been involved with since 2007 that has been dramatically affected by the recent earthquake.  Gayle went on a mission trip to Nepal and was connected with Sher and Kalpana.  This couple’s ministry is to rescue the street children of Kathmandu.  The best thing that we can do for them is to pray.  But if you feel moved to give, be sure to talk to or see Gayle.  Donations can be made to Forgotten Children, P.O. Box 4303, Parker, CO 80134.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT…………Philomath’s National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th.  Last year was a great success and we can positively build on our momentum!  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, May 12th at 4:00 pm at Jean’s place.  Let me know if you would like to be involved.  Even if you cannot make some of the meetings, we would love to hear your input and have you on the team!