Over the past few days, I've been visiting various parts of the Orlando area, walking around the streets and seeing how the community has come together to support each other through this difficult time. It has been truly beautiful to see how even in the midst of their own pain, people are doing everything they can to help. Businesses are giving proceeds and doing fundraisers. The streets are decorated with flowers, flags, lights, and posters. People are showing they care in all kinds of creative ways and the city is being covered with compassion.

I've also seen how the church has stepped up to play their part. There have been prayer services and vigils all over the place. People are praying together and loving each other. The peace and comfort of Jesus is being poured out and hearts are being restored. 

I couldn't help but feel like this is the way it's supposed to be. This should be the urgency of the church at all times. We should always be there for people in pain because it is constantly happening. People are always hurting and continually in need of prayer support. I think a lot of times we feel like we should let the church leaders take the main role, and we back away. Then, when tragedy strikes, we are compelled to do something, so we step up.

In our hearts, we know what we need to do but many times we are just scared to act. This week, I saw the church truly in action and something sparked in me, so I wrote a simple poem just as a reminder for us all to think on. We are the body of Christ! Let's be His hands and feet, everyday through the joy and the hardships. 

The Body
Let's be the hands
For them to hold
The helpers
Fit to serve
Let's be the feet
That are so bold 
Bringing hope
With every word
Let's be the body
Like we're told
Marked by love
Filled with grace 
Let's be the church
Our task foretold
Sharing Jesus
Bringing peace

"For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members,and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." (Romans 12:3-5 ESV)

A beautiful historic church I saw last night walking through Winter Park. 

Always love,



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