2015-12-16 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Rescue the Perishing
By Larry G. Spence

Well, the Christmas season is upon us and we are being bombarded with all kinds of items on sale that somebody suggests, "we just have to have to get through life." Christmas is the time of gift giving, unfortunately we are mostly concerned about gifts for ourselves and our families. However, there are, some people who won't have any Christmas, some who won't have a good meal, some who won't even have a roof over their heads. We need to pause and think about others, not only during this special time of year where we received the perfect gift, and all we had to do was accept it, but all year long.

This train of thought brought to mind a story I read some time ago regarding a party that was being held to celebrate the first summer in memory without a drowning at the city pool. In honor of the occasion, two hundred people gathered, including one hundred certified lifeguards. Everyone had a great time patting each other on the back for what had been accomplished. As the celebration was ending the four life guards on duty began to clear the pool and in doing so they found a fully dressed body in the deep end of the pool. They brought the young man up and tried to revive him but it was too late. He had drowned surrounded by lifeguards celebrating their successful season.

I wonder how many strangers, neighbors, friends, are among us drowning in loneliness, hurt, fear, while we, who could help them, don't even realize we should, or how to go about it. We as Christians have a reason to celebrate this Christmas Season, but are we sharing that reason with others? Try to share a smile, a friendly word, perhaps a meal, just some time with someone that may just need someone to realize they are still part of our community.

The holidays are always a tough time for someone living alone, someone who has lost a loved one, someone who has given up on life. You could make a difference in someone's life, beginning today, if you would just take the time. There is an old church hymn called, "Rescue the Perishing", isn't that what we are supposed to be doing? You might ask, "Well, where do I find someone like that?" You don't have far to go. Often, if you look hard enough, they are right next to us. Stay safe and stay blessed!

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