Cumberland Times-News

November 24, 2013

Community shows compassion after tragedy strikes family

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— When tragedy comes to one in our community, we reach out in love and grace to be an encouragement to a hurting family.  

The citizens of Allegany County once again have proven that we watch over each other. We care for our own.

On Monday afternoon (Nov. 18), a fire broke out  across the street from our church and school. The Seifarth family suddenly realized all was lost in their home. The fire departments of Bowling Green and Cresaptown did the best they could. They were there in an instant and state troopers were assisting with traffic and other issues.

They should be commended for hard work and a quick response to this tragedy.

What a blessing to have such amazing firefighters in our towns.

What a great reaction to this needy family. Families of Calvary Christian Academy and Calvary Baptist Church and surrounding neighborhoods have reached out in love to assist and express the love of Jesus to a real need in our community. The clothes, food and gifts have blessed many suffering souls.

Thank you to the many who have  offered to do something and give something to bless this family. The children are eyewitnesses that we are brothers and sisters together in this need.

They will never forget as they grow older, that when a crisis comes, we come together and weep with those who weep and find a way to reach out with the love of Christ to bless hurting people.

1 John 3:16  — “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

I commend our community for showing care and concern. You shine as an example to other cities who have lost the principle of bearing one another’s burdens.

Pastor Bruce A. McBride

Calvary Baptist Church, Cresaptown