Keeping Supply Lines Open

This week, Christchurch, NZ virtually came to a halt when supply lines were broken. My kiwi friend tells me that people are being asked to leave the city if they have somewhere to go. With 80% of the power off, the water and sewer mains broken, the banking system shut down, the network of roads disrupted by major shifts in the asphalt, curfews enforced, the city cannot flourish. This beautiful city with its world famous botanical garden, 19th century charm, and friendly people was swiftly crossed off as a tourist destination because an earthquake shut off the supply lines.

Closed! Closed to business. Closed to education. Closed to tourists! Closed!

And yet there is one supply line that remains open.

Compassion! The world community is rushing to bind up New Zealand’s fresh wound. Compassion is the lifeline that will reopen other supply lines so that Christchurch can flourish once again.

It’s a good lesson for us personally. When an earthquake suddenly strikes an individual or a family and all supply lines are broken, what is our response? Do we turn away? Ignore it? Pretend it didn’t happen? Or do we rush in with compassion and bind up the wound of our neighbor, friend, or stranger?

There remains one thing when all other supply lines are broken: Love—demonstrated through compassion. Love never fails to reopen supply lines.

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About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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One Response to Keeping Supply Lines Open

  1. Marjorie Roth says:

    When God says that “love never fails”, we can see why – because it will open the lines of supply necessary for healing and restoration.

    His love caused Him to give which opened the ultimate supply line – the way unto salvation!

    I enjoyed reading your post.

    Loving thru compassion…

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