Summer is a wonderful time. Even for those who are working, there is a sense of things going slower and all of us having more time to relax and enjoy life.
This sense of enjoyment is made even stronger in August by the large number of city, county, and state fairs that are taking place. There are a lot of opportunities to go out and have a good time.
What I want all of you to remember is that even in the beautiful days of summer, there are people in our communities that have needs which need to be met. This is especially true this year as we are in the midst of a recession.
Requests for assistance to food shelves, church benevolence funds, ministerial associations, and other community benefactors do not go down because the weather is warm and bright. Resources, however, do tend to go down in the summer because people are busy with other things.
I would like to ask all of you to think, as summer winds down, if there is some way you can help out and support the needs in your community this summer. As we eat our corn at the Cokato Corn Carnival or chicken at Dassel’s Red Rooster Days, let us remember to also think about those who have needs greater than ourselves.
Remember what Christ tells us in Matthew 25: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”