Somebody, call the God Squad!

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Somebody, call the God Squad!”
I heard a slang term the other day that I hadn’t heard before, “The God Squad”. It was used in a Christian rap song to describe a young man stumbling and falling to his knees under the weight of the burden he was bearing. In a hard-driving staccato rap voice the singer called out, “Somebody call the God Squad, we’ve got a man down!”
The “God Squad” is you and me. It’s us. We’re the ones who need to be ready to respond when “we’ve got a man down” That thought caused me to remember all the times the God Squad has responded to situations for me and my family. Like the time Linda had a massive stroke and she needed brain surgery to save her life. The God Squad was immediately all over that situation with prayer, phone calls, cards, gifts of money, meals, and even offers to do yard work.
Or the time I was leading a mission team into a remote section of the Amazon Jungle and Linda had a medical emergency here at home. The paramedics had to bust a door open even to get into the house to get to her. Again, the God Squad was instantly on the scene. They were at the house, and in the emergency room, and they repaired the door, and they watched out for Linda until I got home.
Or the time I received a phone call notifying me that our daughter Tracy was discovered to have terminal cancer and was quickly dying. I immediately flew to California, took her out of intensive care, put her on a plane and flew her home to Tennessee, where she died in our home just a week later. The God Squad was in that situation with us too. There were prayers, home visits, meals, gifts of money, and offers of all sorts of help.
Or, on a smaller but no less significant scale, there was the time last year when I was riding my Harley and the engine suddenly quit and would not restart. I was stranded on the side of the road. So, I called a good brother in Christ who immediately dropped everything, hitched up a trailer to his truck, and drove clear across the county to find me, load me up, and bring me and my busted motorcycle home.
As brothers and sisters in Christ we need to be there for each other, and sometimes, how we inhabit time, or how we live in the moment, means that we have to respond in the moment. It means that in that moment everything else stops and we go to the aid of a brother or sister in need.
Is that you? Are you a dependable member of the God Squad? When the call goes out, “Somebody call the God Squad, we’ve got a man down!”, will you be one of the first responders? I hope you will be because the fact is, we need to be able to depend on each other. Sometimes it’s you and sometimes it’s me who is “the man down”. We all need to know we can depend on our brothers and sisters in our times of need.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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