A family in my congregation, who has recently fallen on some hard times, just had some hard times fall on them. Last Saturday, a very large tree fell right square on their house. No one was harmed, but it definitely hurt their wallets. They are now in a hotel, and it was announced at the bookstudy that the elder's had checked on them, and that they were fine. I called the husband (he's young, and a good friend of mine- recently deleted as a MS) and he told me that the elders only called to see if he could still give his talk this week. He was pissed. I told him I'd give the talk for him. That's what *real* friends do. Then I asked what the situation was with his house.
He told me that the 80 + year old oak that had fallen had made their house uninhabitable, and that they were staying in a hotel. When I asked how he was going to afford living in a hotel for months, he told me that the Red Cross was helping out. (Wait, didn't my mother just stop me from giving them a dollar a WalMart 2 weeks ago? i.e. "they just spend it on commercials.") He then said that just having the tree removed to cover the roof and protect from further damage would be almost 7 grand. (Thats 74079873987985 $ canadian)
I called another fringe brother, and we decided to take the day off yesterday, and go do what we could with the tree. I gained access (and permission) to some large, fire fighting chain saws, and we used those to remove the entire tree from the roof. We then covered it with thick plastic sheeting to protect from as much water damage as possible. When the brother came by his house to pick up a few things, he was moved to tears.
There stood 3 men. 2 dirty, 1 stressed, and 1, astonishingly handsome (me). Not "brothers" in Jehovah's sense, but brothers in a the true sense. Working for others feels amazing, and chainsaws are an incredible stress reliever.
So then I have this fellow's talk to cover. Its tonight, the #4, based on Prverbs 4:23 "Safeguard your Heart". We all know I'm an expert on that . And then the week of Feb 20, I've got the daggon #4 AGAIN, but this time about Violent Video Games (which I'm actually innocent on, I spend all my time on Apostate websites).
So there we have it.
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