As I write this, there are two major news stories that are capturing attention. The first is the bitter and dangerous cold gripping much of the nation. It has prompted officials to cancel school, businesses to close, and individuals to stock up for the severe blast. My thoughts and prayers are of those without adequate sources of heat to provide the warmth needed to sustain them through the cold. I also think of the homeless seeking a shelter with a bed or worse seeking a steaming street vent or doorway to provide warmth.
With the problems and inequities this nation must address, I am still grateful to live here with opportunities for fulfillment, achievement, and prosperity. Yet, that so many will sleep in the cold tonight, in need of not just physical warmth but humane warmth, political warmth, and spiritual warmth is a very sad commentary. Though Christ spoke of the poor always being with us, He did not mean it as an excuse for inaction. No, we are still our brother’s keeper, calling for warmth of the human spirit to address the needs of others.
The second story is the terrorist attack that killed twelve and injured about a dozen more at a French satirical magazine. Although I don’t agree with all the satire the magazine propagates, I am no less disturbed by the murders that took place in the name of religion. In a free society, dissent even against religion should not be abrogated. Those murders were cold-blooded, absent of warmth regarding the sanctity of human life. I say again we are still our brother’s keeper. When someone asked Christ who is our neighbor, He spoke the parable of the “good” Samaritan, a parable that speaks to humanity.
The physical cold will eventually give way to the warmth of spring and the heat of summer. Unfortunately the cold of the human heart can only give way to the warmth of humanity when the Spirit kindles agape in a redemptive heart.
Affirmation: Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you… Philippians 3:15