Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

WARMTH Vol 9 No 1

January 5, 2010

Dear Friend,

On Sunday we went to church on a very windy, very cold eleven degree day!


I found myself reminding our Lord that I live in Virginia which is supposed to be a southern state and that southern states are supposed to be warm.  I suspect the Lord was simply amused!


I also found myself deeply grateful for a warm home and a warm car and a warm sanctuary and simultaneously praying for those who have no home or have a home but have no warmth.


No matter the climate you live in at the moment it is likely there are people for whom the weather presents serious challenges for living.   You may be such a person or be in a position to offer assistance to such a person.


“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” I John 3:17-18*


Indeed while the weather is difficult for many people, we know that there are many other things in life that can also be difficult.


For example, while there are signs that the economy of the United States is on the upswing there are still a great many people for whom the coming year will be as financially challenging as the last one.


So for all of us, those in want and those in plenty, it is a very good time to continue to pray for the loving hand of our Lord to provide for the real needs of people and to participate in the work of God’s hand as we are given the opportunity to do so.


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2010 E. Stanley Ott           

*Scripture from the NRSV