An early cold snap in this corner of Colorado drew friends to the warmth of the fire for their pre-class visit. Plenty of fuel for a fireplace, wood stove, or furnace took on a whole new significance. On the way to school temperatures plunged to minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit - minus 13 in the dip where it's always colder below the summit of the Ute Pass.
Those who are blessed with a reliable source of heat may need to hustle between their homes and vehicles, but how about the ones without homes? In recent days we've heard of people sleeping in their cars and spending as much time as possible inside places that are open for business 24/7.
We pray, Father, give them a safe, warm place to stay. Faced with more that 5,000 hungry people after a long day of teaching, Jesus did not agree with the suggestion of the twelve He was training that He should send them away to find lodging and food. He said, "You give them something to eat." (Luke 9:13 NKJV)
His brother, James, also urged believers to do what they could for those in need. To tell them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled." (James 2:16 NKJV) just didn't cut it. If we're willing to help, the Holy Spirit will open effective ways to share directly or through reliable organizations.
What happens when we choose to do what we can? Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom." (Luke 6:38 NKJV) Our Father is the source of every good thing anyway. (James 1:17) and He refuses to be topped in the giving department. Like a river that just keeps on flowing, no matter how much we give He pours in more. We can be as confident as the psalmist that our cups will be full to overflowing and we will never lack. (Psalm 23)