Silver Linings

"God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble." - Psalm 46:1

The alarms were loud and piercing. They came on my phone. They blared around the community. Trouble was coming. Be ready. Be alert. When I turned on the news, I understood what was coming. It was a long line of storms heading quickly toward our area. Grab a cell phone. Get a flashlight. Gather the family. Go to the basement. Thirty minutes later, the storm had passed. While we didn't have much damage in Minooka, there was serious damage in other communities. We've all seen the images of downed trees and power lines - streets and driveways blocked by debris. While storms like these damage our property, they also bring out the best in us. They remind us what it means to be a neighbor - to not only live near, but care for each other. Neighbors come out to clear fallen debris on their property, but they also offer a helping hand to others. Neighbors who have not spoken in months reconnect and encourage each other. Storms also remind us to pray. They put life's priorities quickly into perspective. They remind us to find our comfort and strength in God. They also remind us of how fortunate we are to have a home, a roof over our heads, a safe place for shelter. While nobody ever looks forward to life's storms, praise God for the gift of silver linings. In this case, praise God for the invitation to be a good neighbor and grateful for God's daily blessings. ~ Pastor Caleb

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