With all the fires ravaging Australia, including our little slice of The Snowy Mountains – it is so hard to not get consumed with the mass onslaught of devastation and heart-break. However, turns out that Mateship is alive and well with everyday Aussies helping out and supporting those in need – from heroes fighting on the frontline, volunteers working around the clock to sew pouches for injured wildlife, the financially poor giving up their last dollar to support those who have lost everything, to teenagers filling up their car with injured koalas that they have rescued from the fires. It is both humbling and heart-warming to witness these acts of kindness that shine a little light into the darkness.” By an author from the Jindy Inn Guesthouse in the Snowy Mountains.
Our theme this week is, “Looking out for your mates” and it is an important trait for us to pursue. I hope it can be the Aussie way! Caring for others can be the very thing that takes away the concern with our own difficulties and problems!
So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:2-5, HCSB.
The friends of the man who was paralysed loved their mate so much that they made a hole above where Jesus was and lowered their friend for Jesus to heal. Good things can come from diversity. God is glorified when he helps people especially when man is feeling helpless and about to give up. Never give up on your mates.