What compassion looks like in “fly over” country

Okay, I just have to share this video. I actually cried when I first saw it because it was so moving and in such stark contrast to all the anger, divisiveness, hatred, and violence we’re seeing on the news these days. What I saw in this video was that the spirit that makes America truly a great place to live is still alive and well.

This story is about the compassion and cooperation of a whole community of farmers in rural Nebraska helping a fellow farmer buy back his family farm that went to auction. What it captures is what Jesus said is most important in our human relationships:

12 “In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of all the teachings of the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt.7:12 TPT)

This is the very heart of God—other-centered, self-giving love in action. It’s people helping people, not tearing each other down.

This is just one example why I still love America and one reason why I live in “fly over” country where these selfless of acts of compassion and kindness still happen on a consistent basis in many small communities including the one I currently live in, where people work together regardless of political affiliation, race, rich, or poor. I believe the world could use a little more of this right now. Just saying…. 🙂

Hopefully, this video warms your heart, too, and that it reminds us all what’s most important in our relationships.

ADDENDUM: With Hurricane Laura currently ripping through Louisiana and parts of Texas right now, I want to give a quick shout-out to another group of heroes—the Cajun Navy. They are a group of private citizens—using their own boats and risking their own lives—who volunteer to assist the rescue missions after hurricanes as government rescue teams often get overwhelmed. You are our heroes! We pray for everyone’s safety.

Cajun Navy Say They’re Ready to Help with Hurricane Laura Rescues” (video)

For those of you who don’t know about these unsung heroes, here’s a clip showing how the Cajun Navy saved many lives when Katrina hit New Orleans.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 39 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to What compassion looks like in “fly over” country

  1. Yayyyy! We really need that encouragement, that good news! It’s so easy to get a distorted and negative perception about the world, either because of the news or because of our own stress. Life is good! The joy of the Lord is our strength and a part of our inheritance, but sometimes you really got to reach out for it. 🙂

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, we all need encouragement sometimes. To quote Gandalf when Frodo was in despair:
      “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides that of evil.”

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