Looking For Help
This month Beautiful Savior sponsors a Port-a-Pit fundraiser to support our local volunteer fire department. The event serves as the culmination to Fire Prevention week.Â That week, along with the Port-a-Pit, puts these volunteer firefighters, as well as all firefighters and emergency responders, in the forefront of our minds. While we might not always be conscience of their presence, how grateful would we be when we experience a true emergency?Â When we desperately look for help in the face of the fire consuming our house or the twisted hunk of metal that seconds ago was our car, how grateful would we be that those emergency personnel show up with their training, their tools, and their expertise?
There are also times in our lives when we face emergencies for which we are not able to pick up the phone and dial 911.Â There are times in our lives when we desperately look for help, but know that human beings can only do so much.
I lift up my eyes to the hills â€“ where does my help come from?
Give thanks that you know the answer to that question!
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
In our deepest needs â€“ from personal demons that attack us to stress when we try to balance too much in our life to agony at the prospect we may lose a child to the dramatic realization that we donâ€™t know what to do â€“ in all of those needs, as we lift our eyes in search of help, our LORD is there.Â Our Lord helps us with his tools and his expertise as the Maker of heaven and earth.
Emergency responders always keep track of their response time.Â They always want to be quicker to get to the scene. Seconds could be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Certain things get in the way of those response times. There is equipment to check and put on, there is drive time and road conditions, and when an emergency occurs in the middle of the night, there is the obstacle of sleep. However, your Lord does not sleep:
He will not let your foot slip â€“ he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Emergency responders must travel to the scene.Â Your LORD, the maker of heaven and earth is always with you.Â He is ready to respond at a momentâ€™s notice, whether day or night:
The Lord watches over you â€“ the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
We give thanks for the work of all of our emergency responders, police officers, and firefighters; both paid and volunteer.Â The work they do is truly amazing.Â Our Lordâ€™s work of help and protection is also amazing. Give thanks that he watches over you.
The Lord will keep you from all harm â€“ he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. â€“ Psalm 121
Beautiful Saviorâ€™s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms.Â These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on Godâ€™s Word.
Port-a-Pit for CTVFD
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church will host a port-a-pit event on October 11th, 2014 to support the work of the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department.This event reflects our congregationâ€™s commitment to our community.Â As we recognize the vital role our volunteer fire department fills in our community, we hope to support them. The total profit of the funds raised through this Port-a-Pit event will be given to the Center Township Fire Department for their necessary, but non-budgeted items, as they continue to meet the emergency response needs of Center Township.
Members of the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions about their work, their training, and their equipment. Multiple trucks and rescue vehicles will be on display. Â Sparky the Firedog is also scheduled to make an appearance. Bring your family and enjoy your Port-a-Pit lunch on the grounds of Beautiful Savior.