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The blessings of intervention
By Linda Wegner

In our daily phone call, my daughter-in-law explained why she didn't answer the phone immediately: "I was just unloading my groceries when I saw a little bird that had fallen from its nest. I managed to pick it up without hurting it and I got it back to the nest. I was afraid that our cat or the ones in the neighbourhood would get it if I hadn't picked it up immediately" As you can well imagine, we both were relieved that she was there to intervene at just the right moment.

On a personal note, I am most grateful to another walker who happened to be up at the local track at the same early hour as me. She noted that I didn't seem to be feeling well, came over and inquired and then drove me home where my husband took me to the hospital. It wasn't anything too serious, but her intervention sped up my recovery.

Have you ever had the relief that can come from having someone step in to intervene on your behalf? Or, have you had the privilege of being there to help someone else in need? These examples are simple, but the principle is the same: Whether they're huge or simple, we truly need each other!

After my morning Bible reading, I've been thinking of the importance, both of being on the giving or the receiving end, of help. Here's what got me musing on the value of intervention. Psalm 124: 1-5 reads: "If God hadn't been for us - all together now, Israel, sing out!—If God hadn't been for us when everyone went against us, we would have been swallowed alive by their violent anger, swept away by the flood of rage, drowned in the torrent; we would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water."
July 15, 2019