Antonio Basco hugs a mourner. People came from across the country and waited in 100-degree heat to attend his wife's service.   JONATHAN LEVINSON / OPB

Antonio Basco hugs a mourner. People came from across the country and waited in 100-degree heat to attend his wife's service.

JONATHAN LEVINSON / OPB

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On Sunday I told the story of Antonio Basco, 61, who lost his wife Margie in the hate shooting in El Paso. He feared no one would come to her memorial service, only to discover 1500 people in line to honor his wife and hug on him. It was for me a timely reminder that we are all surrounded by a "multitude of witnesses," both heavenly and earthly who are looking and rooting for the good to be done in our troubled world. Well, there is a P.S. to that story.  I am obliged to member David Wille for sending along the news link.

Turns out that on the day of Margie's memorial service, thieves stole Antonio's only vehicle, his mobile car wash van and trailer. Upon recognition of his plight, people who look for the good, were moved to action. A local car dealer gave him the keys to a new van and another benefactor bought him a new trailer and power sprayer rig.

 At our best, we Christians look for the good to do and do it. This Saturday and Sunday, we are giving ourselves similar opportunities as the body of Christ. On Saturday, we will be helping a married couple in their 70s with the repairs and yard work of their home. On Sunday we will be looking for the good and doing it in a dozen other initiatives after our one worship service at 10 a.m.  And this time we’re including projects for adults and children to do together. You may sign up HERE. I hope you will make a point to be there because there is so much good to do.

So come to church with your work clothes on and water bottles in hand, enjoy a bit of breakfast, praise God and then "go out unto all the world," looking for the good and doing it in the name of Jesus. 

Amen - "so be it."

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