Monday, February 7, 2022

Now Safe Am I

By David A. Sargent


    Four children, ages 4-11 and related to one another, were playing on a frozen pond last Sunday, January 9, in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, when suddenly three of them fell through the ice.

    Thankfully, a 23-year-old neighbor, Dusti Talavera, saw it happen from her window. She sprang into action.  “Before I even realized it, I was out there in the middle of the pond pulling two kids out,” she later said during a press conference.  “And that’s when I fell in.”

    Talavera was able to pull a 4-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy out of the icy pond, but having fallen into the pond herself, she struggled to get a 6-year-old girl out of the water.  About that time, the little girl’s 16-year-old male cousin threw a rope to them and was able to pull Talavera and the little girl to safety.

    At one point the little 6-year-old girl was unconscious and had no pulse, but Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies and South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) officials performed CPR on her and rushed her to the hospital.  She is now in good health and reunited with her family.

    When discussing the details of the rescue with sheriff’s deputies, Talavares told them she “wasn't concerned for her safety because they were babies and they needed help.” *

    When we were drowning in sin, God saw our need and sent His Son to rescue us.  In order to save us from sin, Jesus had to die on the cross to pay the price for our redemption (Ephesians 1:7).

    James Rowe described what the Savior did for him and for us in the words of a beloved song, Love Lifted Me:

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,

Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,

But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,

From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me!

Love lifted me!

When nothing else could help,

Love lifted me!

Rowe wrote this song in the early 1900s, but his lyrics remind us that the Savior’s offer of salvation is still available:

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves;

He will lift you by His love Out of the angry waves.

God will lift from the angry waves of sin and give eternal life to those who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).  He will continue to cleanse from sin those who continue to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7-9).

    Struggling soul, look to Jesus and accept His offer of salvation on His terms.  Then joyously join in singing the refrain, “Love lifted me… now safe am I!”

- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled "Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website:
* Information gleaned from “Colorado good samaritan saves kids from icy pond in dramatic rescue caught on video” by Bradford Betz of Fox News,

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