You may have seen an incident in the news last month that involved a drive thru at a Dutch Bros coffee shop in Vancouver, Washington. When a young woman drove up to the window to pick up her order, the young man at the window noticed she was in tears. Asking what happened, he found out that her 37-year-old husband had passed away the night before. Immediately stopping what he was doing, the man offered her a free drink and he and his coworkers began to show her love and compassion. Before long, they had joined hands with the woman and were offering a prayer on her behalf. The picture above was taken by the woman in the car behind them and posted to Facebook, where it immediately went viral.

In the book of Isaiah, God tells us, "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6) One aspect of spiritual health is genuinely caring about people. It's so easy to go about our normal lives and forget that people around us are hurting. We love to talk about prophecy and doctrines and if people ask us why we do something we quickly pull out the proof-text to prove our point. But do we take the time to genuinely care about people? As the old saying goes, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." I'm challenging myself to show the love of Christ not just in my words and beliefs, but also in my actions. Won't you join me?

Learning to truly care,

Pastor Sutherland

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