In Mister Rogers' Parenting BookFred Rogers noted, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world."

Wherever you live, there are people who need your help. As we respond to crisis by making God our refuge and fortress, we can also respond by showing others his care in ours. Whose need could you meet today with his love?

The Boston bombings came as the city marked the 238th annual Patriot's Day, commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. America needs patriots today just as much as we did at our country's birth. People who will trust God and help others are the foundation of our nation and her hope for our future.

The Imitation of Christ, probably the most widely-read book in Christian history next to the Scriptures, was written by an unknown monk named Thomas from the town of Kempen, more than five centuries ago. His record of God's promise to him brings God's promise to us today:

"Do not be worn out by the labors which you have undertaken for My sake, and do not let tribulations ever cast you down. Instead, let My promise strengthen and comfort you under every circumstance. I am well able to reward you above all measure and degree.  ou shall not toil here long nor always be oppressed with griefs. A time will come when all labor and trouble will cease. Labor faithfully in My vineyard; I will be thy recompense. Life everlasting is worth all these conflicts, and greater than these. ...

"Lift your face therefore to heaven; behold I and all My saints with me — who in this world had great conflicts — are now comforted, now rejoicing, now secure, now at rest, and shall remain with Me everlastingly in the kingdom of My Father."

As will we. This is the hope, and the promise, of God.

 

Anyone with information on the bombings is being urged to call Boston authorities at 1-800-494-TIPS.

Families trying to locate loved ones can call 617-635-4500 or use Google Person Finder: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/.

Jim Denison, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert on cultural and contemporary issues. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, a nonsectarian "think tank" designed to engage contemporary issues with biblical truth in 2009 and is the author of seven books, including Radical Islam: What You Need to Know. For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. To connect with Dr. Denison in social media, visit www.twitter.com/jimdenison or www.facebook.com/denisonforum.

Publication date: April 16, 2013