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Holy Smokes!


Two fires in the southland have recently been intentionally set with no other purpose than to destroy: The Cranston Fire and the Holy Fire. Two days ago I took this photo of the smoke over Corona, which has continued to burn out of control in Orange County and now moved into Lake Elsinore. Today, the Holy Fire is still minimally contained, over 20,000 families have been evacuated, and dozens of homes and personal property are lost. The media commentary reports that with 18 fires are ablaze across California and our future ability to ensure our homes and property is in jeopardy.

This morning I heard the animal shelters are filled to capacity and so they are having a fire sale (50% off the adoption fee) in order to lower their numbers. I wonder how many of these dogs and cats have been displaced because of the fires? I also wonder if the pets owners know how to find their beloved pets, or if they "have" to let them go because they themselves have no home to return to. I don't know the answer to these questions, but the Bible has advice of us:

"If you see your brother's ox or sheep straying, you must not ignore it;

be sure to return it to your brother." Deuteronomy 22:1

If you have a way to care for the animals as well as your neighbors, please lend a hand, a cup of food, or a rug for them as well as their owners. These are times of difficulty for all and in the sharing of the burden we are able to manage the load together.

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

Galatians 6:2

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