“Someone” Showed Up

1-30By Karen Fultz of Atwater, California, USA

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who…sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

—1 John 3:16–17

It was the phone call no parent ever wants to receive. Our daughter, Sierra, was in a car accident in Missouri. I flew from California and was at her hospital bedside within 24 hours. After six months, two surgeries, many doctor and physical-therapy visits, I could go home for Christmas. She was on the road to full recovery.

Sierra suffered two broken legs, a fractured foot, an infection, and a gash on her knee that left a scar like a shark bite. There were many blessings amid her trauma. We experienced the sacrificial generosity of friends and church members!

My daughter’s friend picked me up from the airport and drove me to the hospital—an eight-hour drive for her!—so I didn’t have to rent a car. Sierra’s boss heard about the accident and spent the entire night in the emergency room until I arrived the next day. Many of her friends were in and out of the hospital to visit, help Sierra, and make sure I had food, company, and whatever I needed.

Sierra asked the hospital staff to call the local Community of Christ congregation. They asked for a person’s name, and she said, “No name. Just call. They’ll send someone.” The “someone” they sent was the pastor, who knew her family from youth camps. A church member let me stay at her home as long as I needed.

I could go on, and on, and on with many stories of people who blessed us along the way: the friend who took care of all four of Sierra’s pets, the woman and her son who saw the accident and pulled Sierra from under the truck, the family of the friend she was in the accident with. God showed up in her life through many lives, and we have been blessed and touched by each action of friends and the congregation.

Prayer for Peace
Thank you, God, for our communities at home and far away. Thank you for the spirit of kindness and generosity that spans the miles. Thank you for people who sacrifice for the needs of others.

Spiritual Practice: Experience Congregations in Mission
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a–d. Reread the sentence, “If you truly would be Community of Christ, then embody and live the concerns and passion of Christ.” Make a list of the issues you feel mattered most to Christ. Make another list of issues that matter to your congregation. Reflect on the similarities and differences. How can you help align the lists? Throughout the day, as issues arise, ask yourself, “Would this matter to Christ?”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will show up when needed.

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1 Comment

  1. Diane Cardwell

     /  30 January 2013

    Another good one! And good for you for doing the power cut exercises! We are going to get stronger. Uh-huh!!


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