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Helping the Helper
by Paula McBride

           

   Mr. Rogers would say the media got it right. “During a catastrophe,” Mr. Rogers' mother taught him, “there will always be helpers on the sidelines. When you look for the helpers, you know there's hope. The best way to deal with hard times is to always look to the helpers in life to give us the hope we need.”

   So, the media is getting it right when they focus on the brave men, women, and youth who served and are still serving those areas reeling from catastrophe. Every story and every graphic photograph symbolizes hope that broken lives will be restored and a better day is coming.

   Whether or not we have experienced life-threatening physical crises, we all have been swept away in a torrent of sin and lifted to safety by the Ultimate Rescuer, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have been buried in the wreckage of a sinful world and pulled free by the scarred hand of the Savior. As we are made new in relationship with Him, we are called to be His helpers, His rescue team in this lost world. You might say we are called to help the Helper.

   What examples can we find of helpers helping helpers? Consider Moses as he helped the Israelite army fight the Amalekites in a most unusual way. As long as he held his arms up, the Israelites were winning, but if he lowered his arms, the enemy began to win. Moses became tired, and his arms began to droop. His brother, Aaron, and Hur sat Moses down on a stone, and each held up one of Moses' arms. They continued until the Israelites routed the Amalekites (Exodus 17:12).

   The book of II Kings tells us that a woman from Shunem helped Elisha by providing him a place to stay when he traveled through her town. He in turn helped her by promising that she would have a son. The cherished son was born, but died as a small boy. The woman ran to Elisha to tell him the tragic news. Then Elisha's servant, Gehazi, was called on to help further by running ahead to the little boy and laying Elisha's staff across the boy's face. When Elisha and the mother arrived soon after, Elisha prayed to God, and the boy returned to life (II Kings 4).

   An unlikely helper may be found in the steward who was in charge of Daniel and his three friends as they faced eating the non-kosher foods of Babylon. He agreed to a ten-day trial of vegetables and water, and Daniel and his friends proved to be more robust than the others. Later Daniel was a significant helper to his captors.

   These Biblical helpers point to Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve. He helped the blind see, the lame walk, the demon-possessed find freedom. He fed the hungry and encouraged the weary. In all these things, we are called to follow Jesus because Christ suffered for us, leaving an example, that we should follow in His steps (I Peter 2:21).

   Every day we will be called to help. Not water rescues or search parties, perhaps, but tasks suited just for us. Let's look for helpers, be the helpers, and help other helpers. In doing so, we will be following the footsteps of Jesus and offering His hope to the world.

EVERY CHILD

By Heather Pugh, Yuba Sutter Right to Life Secretary


   Glen Campbell died today (August 8).  The news said he was the youngest of 12 children and grew up in a home without running water or electricity in a small town in Arkansas.  His father was a sharecropper. 

   Today’s political ideology would have you believe there is absolutely no way any of those children could possibly grow up to have more than a meager existence living off welfare and the state.  Abortion would have been touted as the only solution and the parents would have been pressured into aborting their children rather than giving them life long before Glen was conceived.  Perhaps even sterilization would have played a role in cementing a smaller family size and the hope of a brighter future for the first few children born to the couple.

   A world without “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Wichita Lineman”, or “Galveston”. 

   We wouldn’t know what we were missing.  But God would.

   This got me wondering about other famous people from large families and those who impacted the world who were adopted, rather than aborted.  Who are they?  

   Some well-known people born to large families include Celine Dion (the youngest of 14), Stephen Colbert (the youngest of 11), Mel Gibson (6th child of 11 children), Martin Sheen (7th child of 10) and comedian Jim Gaffigan who is the youngest of 6.

   Celebrities born to teenage mothers include Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Dre (Beats headphones, anyone?), Wynonna Judd, and last but by no means least, Jesus Christ.

   A list of influential adoptees would contain Steve Jobs. Can you imagine a world without iPhones?  Marilyn Monroe was a ward of the state.  Faith Hill, Babe Ruth, Malcolm X, Debbie Harry (of Blondie fame), Nelson Mandela, Edgar Allan Poe, Louis Armstrong, and Dave Thomas (the founder of Wendy’s) round out the list. 

   That is some list.

   How many entertainers or entrepreneurs or social activists have we lost to abortion?  How many people have died from illnesses that would have been cured if the discoverer of the cure had not been aborted?  How much suffering is this world enduring because those who would bring about positive change and healing were snuffed out?

   Every child deserves a chance to make a difference.  Every child is worthy of life.  Every child is worthy of love.

   EVERY.  CHILD.

   Let’s not judge teenage or unwed mothers.  They are brave for giving their child life.  Let us instead trust in God’s plan.  ALL children are God’s hope for our future.  They are a gift of promise.  Accept the gift and live the promise. 


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