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Volunteer rescue effort in China

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In the last several days, heartwarming reports have been emerging in the media of survivors of the earthquake in China. In such a vast disaster it seems normal for much of the world to feel some security in the fact that people can find recovery and comfort in their faith in God. In China, though, this is somewhat unclear territory.

Yet, in one story, on the front page of The New York Times, a woman who survived a long and agonizing ordeal spoke of God sustaining her and her husband (May 19). In another report, a professor wrote that many of his university students have dropped everything and driven over 1,000 miles to help with relief and cleanup. Citizens all over China are donating time, food, and money to aid their fellows. An unprecedented grass-roots movement of volunteerism has swept over China.

Where does this impulsion to help come from? Some might say love for their neighbors or for their country, and these are totally legitimate reasons. But at the heart of loving acts, even by people who aren't religious, there is a higher source. According to the Apostle Paul, such deeds come straight from the God who is Love. "The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men" (I Thess. 3:12). The irresistible urge to go to another's aid comes into our hearts because it is instilled in us by our Maker. The God who is Love naturally makes His child loving.

While outward symbols of religious devotion may not be apparent, and the term may not be commonly used, nevertheless, the activity of infinite Love cannot be suppressed. Infinity knows no borders, walls, or boundaries. It doesn't depend on church structures to contain it or distribute it. Divine Love is an unstoppable force, stronger than any material opposition, including physical disasters, and fills the need for comfort, hope, and renewal wherever the need appears.

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