I don’t know if you read or heard about the deaths of three utility workers in Key Largo, FL on Monday of this week. There had been reports of a foul smell and the possibility of a sewer back-up, so the men went to investigate. He opened a manhole cover to see if the sewer was the reason. He went into the hole and within seconds, we’ve been told, he died. A second utility worker went in also to help his colleague. He too expired. A third worker then went in to see if he could help save his friends. Yes, tragically, he also died in the hole. Even when the emergency services came, and a firefighter went in also to save any or all the men, he too was overcome, but could be rescued by his team. He remains hospitalized at this time.
In less than a minute of time in the hole, three men perished and a third almost did. For many, the first question is “How could God let this happen? How could He allow their families to be left without husbands and fathers?” To be honest, I don’t know. Without the mind of God, I’m left without the answers that these families are looking for, perhaps you also.
What I’m left with is the fact that our living God of love is leaving good things in the wake of this tragedy. He tells us: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 This is great news to us all that God has placed people in our lives who would do just this for us. It’s comforting because each of us have been given the strength and ability to do the same. It’s simply the way that God wants us “to do life together.” We are to live out our faith by putting others first in our lives so that we can make ourselves available to help those in need. Will we need to pull helpless people from their burning car on I-94? Only God knows. Perhaps it will be something a little less dangerous: Letting another person in front of us at the check-out, even when it may inconvenience us. Doing a “pay-it-forward” sort of thing by paying the bill for the person in back of you at McDonald’s or Tim Horton's. It’s truly a humbling experience when we are able to… humble ourselves toward others.
We’ll talk a bit more about this on Sunday as we continue our sermon series “End of Me.” This week’s topic will be “Humble to be Exalted.” We’ll meet at the same time as we do each week: 10:00 am at the East China Education Center at 301 N. 6th St.
Humbly yours in Christ,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization