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OPINION: Cold days bring an opportunity to serve

An ice storm has greatly impacted Kentucky with more than 50,000 not having power Tuesday morning. (Kentucky Today file photo)
An ice storm has greatly impacted Kentucky with more than 50,000 not having power Tuesday morning. (Kentucky Today file photo)
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There is a small fire station close to our house. We can hear the siren on the fire truck as they leave for an emergency run. The ice, sleet and snow have fallen, but the sirens have not stopped.

The winter weather brings many things to a halt, but first responders, utility workers, hospital staff, delivery drivers and others don’t stop. They continue to serve. They work longer hours and become even more determined to help those in need.

We are blessed to have these people across the commonwealth who are seeking our good. They endure the cold, harsh elements and sacrifice time away from home to care for their neighbors. In some of the worst times, we see the best in people.

Thank you to those who will continue to serve despite cold temperatures and dangerous conditions. When you help us, we are reminded of God’s goodness as He meets our needs and provides for His image-bearers.

While we all aren’t given the vocation of being on these front lines, we can all learn from them. We can understand the lesson of service. Caring for our neighbors is an essential component of a flourishing society.

How can you serve your neighbor? Start by asking your neighbor. A call, text or knock on the door might reveal needs you’d never imagine. Even an encouraging word goes a long way on a tough day.

A call or text to your pastor may open a door of service as he likely knows of needs in the church or community you can meet when it is safe to travel.

You can help someone find a location with heat if their electricity is out. A warm meal or a batch of brownies is a help to someone feeling alone on a cold day.

It is right to be grateful for those who serve us, but it is not enough. Out of our thanks, let us help others. That is the essence of this commonwealth.


BRANDON PORTER is editor of Kentucky Today and communications director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

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