In warmer days, Kesti offers classes in therapeutic riding. Clients of various ages develop balance and co-ordination on horseback and have fun in the process. Even some older participants need help to mount a horse because of physical challenges. Several volunteers are always nearby to help and protect each one.
A few days ago on Thanksgiving in the United States, Randy and Kesti, the owners of Christ Haven Lodge, welcomed a bus load of dear people to enjoy a scrumptious meal served in the dining room. Music, encouraging words, and a warm fire in the fireplace helped make a day that could have been difficult become special.
We live in a world with many who are suffering physically, emotionally and financially. Jesus spoke of the Samaritan who cared for the man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead on the roadside. (Luke 10:30-37) The victim, a picture of beaten and dying humanity, was a stranger to the Samaritan. He tended the man's wounds, lifted him onto the animal he'd been riding, took him to an inn and paid for his care and accommodation.
The Samaritan's animal, Kesti's horses, the bus that brought folks to Christ Haven all had a part in God's huge plan to minister to people He loves. But He needs us - able-bodied followers of Christ with voices to share the good news of God's Kingdom, hands to do, feet to go where He longs to help, strengthen and encourage.
We read in 1 John 4:17 that Christians in this world are as Jesus is. At times we may be more like the chap who prompted the account of the good Samaritan when he asked Jesus to define who our neighbours are... until we begin to understand how greatly we are loved. Then we aren't looking for a guide to what we ought to do. Secure in our Saviour's love we can be channels of His compassion, more than willing to do anything we can to help others overcome the challenges and difficulties they face.