Last night, along with 2 billion others, I watched some of the biggest names in the rock business strut their stuff at the 12–12–12 Concert broadcast from Madison Square Garden, New York. The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney and a reunited Nirvana were but a few of the acts. In between the acts we heard amazing stories of First Responders and just ordinary people giving no thought to their own situations, only thinking of others. It really does make me feel good when I see the human spirit respond in such a way.

I hail from the UK and when ½ inch of snow brings the country to it’s knees everyone helps each other – making sure neighbours who, in the best of weather have problems getting around, have everything they need until life returns to normal.

And that’s the kicker! If only we responded like this in ‘normal’ times whatever that is. We are very good when our backs are against the wall – but when life returns too normal? Or the images disappear from our TV screens. What do we do then? Well most of us (me included) go back to whatever we did before, conveniently forgetting this suffering world.

We don’t have to look too far to find suffering. It’s all around us here in Windsor. Perhaps in 2013 we can promise ourselves that we will do a little extra to help each other when, for some, the problems that face them seem insurmountable and unsolvable.

Eph. 2:8-10 Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.