Yet, even in the face of more worldwide calamities to come, our Lord offers hope. In Luke 21:28, He says, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
Instead of walking around with heads down in despair, we should raise our heads and look up. As our redemption draws near, we are told to look around and help those who are victims of nature gone wild and violence from those who prey upon us.
A few of hundreds of Scripture verses come to mind.
Acts 20:35, "In all things I have shown you that . . . we must help the weak. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Galations 6:2, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
And, the most powerful one is found in Matthew 25-40. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"
Eva Rose Parks observed, "I shall not pass this way again: Then let me now Relieve some pain, Remove some barrier from the road, Or brighten some one's heavy load."
My friend Katsu did just that. I shall take another walk through his garden and stop and smell the flowers.
Smith is a writer who lives at Edgewood Summit.