Help and Pray for Your Neighbor

Help and Pray for Your Neighbor

Matthew 7:26-27 “But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

While watching coverage Hurricane Sandy prior to its reaching land, I heard several Governors and newscasters warn people of the impending devastation that was coming and they asked people to “help your neighbor.” I was reminded of scriptures that teach to love our neighbors. Today, I was also reminded of Matthew 7: 26-27, where some people had built their houses and subsequently lives on sand. The question comes to mind, have we built our lives on a sure foundation?

While my heart was truly warmed by acts of random kindness extended by humans during this time of crisis, there must always be time for deeper reflection.

The storm caused millions of dollars of damage over at least 20 states and, at last report, has caused the deaths of at least 55 people. Certainly those who were fortunate to escape death or major damage will certainly be helping their neighbors for some time to come. Americans certainly know how to pull together when the going gets tough and tough it is for almost half of the country right now.

But again as I was thinking about those words, “help your neighbor” I began to ponder the questions: “Who is your neighbor?” Jesus said to his twelve apostles, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35. And when asked which of His commandments was the greatest, he said, “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31

So we are called to love our neighbors and I truly believe Jesus meant not just those in our local neighborhoods but all of our fellow human beings; as we continue to pray to God for all those who have died, been hurt, or have had property damage from Mega Storm Sandy, let’s not forget to pray to God for ALL our neighbors, including the preborn babies. He not only said love your neighbor but to love him as Jesus loved us. Jesus gave His life for us; He did not take our lives in order to save His or because we are inconvenient.

For the 55 thus far who have lost their lives due to the storm and their families, we extend our deepest sympathies, for the loss of loved ones is indeed a tragedy. Yet another tragedy takes place every day in America and around the world; and it doesn’t make the evening news. Every day in America about 3,700 babies die in abortion centers. Actually, like the tragic death by abortion of Tonya Reaves, we know that mothers die too sommetimes. As to the numbers of babies lost every day, worldwide that number is about 115,000. Yes, that’s thousands dying every single day and all in the name of “choice.”

As we pray for those who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy/Mega Storm Sandy, let’s remember to pray for all the babies who died during the same period in abortion centers across America and around the world. And as the people in the storm stricken areas begin to rebuild their lives, their homes and their communities, let’s continue to pray and to work to stop the continued killing of the innocent lives in the womb. The storm in the northeast has passed but the abortion storm is still raging and we need to bring it to an end by abolishing abortion.

The sad thing about this whole situation is that those in the path of Hurricane Sandy/Mega Storm Sandy did not have a choice of where the storm was going to hit. Those lives lost due to the storm were out of their control. As to the deaths of the womb babies that die every day, they don’t know when the axe will fall; yet we do have a choice, or at least someone has a choice, of allowing life or death. Sadly, instead of choosing life, many choose death for the babies, and those choices have consequences.

Let’s pray for mercy and compassion for all of our neighbors, including the victims of storms like Sandy, and the storms that ravage the wombs of our mothers.

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19


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