It is another clear sky, wind blowing, bird singing, sun shining, high heat, beautiful day here in Utah, I pray the day is beautiful wherever you may be as well. We are forecast to hit 102 today, yippee, so very blessed to have our little window unit to keep us comfortable:) I may not be pleased with the next light bill but I would skip meals in order to pay it if that is what is needed!
In prayer this morning, as I sat outside in the "cool" I had a good long chat with our Father in heaven, I had to give him all of my thanks and all of my honor for helping us in our time of need. I had never thought I could sell the very thing that brings me such joy, thankfully several people have been interested and purchased my painted items and have placed orders for personalized items. I am so excited to be able to share my gift from God with others:) If you are interested in seeing what I paint and are in need of a special gift for a special someone, please give me a text or call at 385 319 5264 or you can look me up on facebook under Strokes of Love! I look forward to painting the perfect gift for you!
As this month closes so will be my daily messages and stories on kindness and compassion, never in my heart or in my actions but just in what I share here on my blog...July will be the "faith" month...so many great stories to share on dead out, undeniable, unbelievable faith that some people have! I hope you will continue to join me in my quest for sharing God's love and adoration!
HIS FINAL ACT OF KINDNESS- GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN...
ON SATURDAY, AS HURRICANE IRENE APPROACHED DAVID REICHENBERG’S COMMUNITY OF UPSTATE SPRING VALLEY, THE BUSINESSMAN FINISHED STUDYING TORAH WITH A LEARNING PARTNER OF HIS.
SATURDAY’S TURNED OUT TO BE HIS LAST DAY ON EARTH.
DRIVING HOME FROM ANOTHER LEARNING SESSION, HE NOTICED A CHILD IN DANGER AT THE CORNER OF MERRICK DRIVE AND UNION ROAD, A TREE-LINED RESIDENTIAL INTERSECTION NEAR HIS HOME.
IRENE, WHICH HAD STRUCK THE EAST COAST ON SATURDAY NIGHT, HAD BROUGHT DOWN A POWER LINE — 5-YEAR-OLD DAVID HERBST, WHO LIVES IN MR. REICHENBERG’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ACCIDENTALLY CAME IN CONTACT WITH A METAL FENCE THAT CARRIED A HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL CHARGE FROM WIRES THAT LAY OBSCURED ON THE FLOODED STREET.
STANDING IN CURBSIDE WATER, HE WAS BEING BADLY BURNED AND COULD NOT PULL AWAY; HIS FATHER, WAS UNABLE TO REACH HIM.
MR. REICHENBERG, AN EXPERIENCED OUTDOORSMAN, JUMPED OUT OF HIS CAR, WADED INTO THE WATER AND SAVED THE PAIR, BEING ELECTROCUTED ON THE SPOT. AT 50, A FATHER OF FOUR, HE WAS BURIED THAT NIGHT. HIS FATHER, WHO SUFFERED BURNS WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SAVE HIS SON, WAS EARLIER TREATED AT GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL IN SUFFERN AND RELEASED.
HIS FRIENDS DESCRIBED HIM AS A MAN WITH A CONSTANT SMILE ON HIS FACE AND BOUNCE IN HIS STEP, DESPITE “CHALLENGES” THAT HAD INCLUDED FINANCIAL SETBACKS, MEDICAL ISSUES IN HIS FAMILY AND A LATE-NIGHT FIRE TWO DECADES AGO THAT DESTROYED HIS RENTED APARTMENT, LEAVING HIS FAMILY WITH NOTHING BEYOND THE PAJAMAS IN WHICH THEY HAD FLED.
AT MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES THE DAY AFTER THE FIRE, WEARING A BORROWED THREE-SIZES-TOO-LARGE SUIT, HE REPORTEDLY TOLD FRIENDS THAT HE CONSIDERED THAT DAY THE BEST ONE IN HIS LIFE. “YOU TOOK EVERYTHING, BUT YOU GAVE ME MY LIFE,” HIS FRIENDS SAY HE SAID IN HIS PRAYERS TO GOD THAT MORNING. “I NEVER FELT CLOSER TO GOD,” HE SAID.
“HE HAD UNDAUNTING BELIEF AND FAITH.... “HE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP SOMEBODY.
AS THE HURRICANE NEARED, MR. REICHENBERG TOOK ONE OF HIS SONS TO HELP PUT TOGETHER FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED FREE FOOD TO NEEDY FAMILIES. THE NEED WAS THOUGHT LIKELY TO INCREASE IF THE STORM LEFT PEOPLE HOMEBOUND FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
“HE WANTED TO INTRODUCE HIS SON TO KIND ACT OF KINDNESS HE PRACTICED IN HIS LIFE
ON SUNDAY MORNING, MR. REICHENBERG REACTED INSTINCTIVELY WHEN HE SAW AN ENDANGERED CHILD. HE DIDN’T HESITATE. HE DIDN’T THINK ABOUT THE RISK. HE JUST THOUGHT ABOUT SAVING A CHILD.
MAY HIS MEMORY BE FOR A BLESSING.