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finding the light?

Floods, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes…and just for fun let’s add a pissing match between too inept leaders over nuclear weapons. Oh, and as of today we can add the largest mass shooting in US history.

Everything is getting a little intense, isn’t it?

I’ve found it difficult to get on with my life in the midst of all this very real drama. In addition to all of this, we also had a sudden loss in our world when a dear friend from college passed away. To put it simply, it’s been rough. I know I feel like I’ve been kicked in the gut and I think I accurately speak for my husband when I say he feels the same, but with the addition of being run over by a truck and then pissed on.

He and I historically deal well with tough situations; usually one of us can help the other find perspective in tough times. Lately it’s not been so easy.

If I know it’s not been easy for us, and we are living lives in which all our needs are being met (and some), how hard must it be right now for those who lost all their belongings or their homes or family members? How hard must it be for those who lost their jobs thanks to Harvey, Irma, or Maria?

So where do we find the light in all of this? Feel good stories about strangers helping those in need or the generosity of professional athletes or anything that proves their is still good in the world is helpful, but I’m not sure that it’s enough right now. We have to be more proactive ourselves at putting love in the world. Sharing posts on FB just isn’t going to cut it.

Friends, find a way to serve. Find a way to spread love. It doesn’t have to be huge, news-worthy gesture. Give your money. Give your time. Give an ear to someone who is hurting. Understand that the world is bigger than your house, your checkbook, your school district. We all have gifts that are unique to us. It’s our responsibility to seek a way to use those gifts to help others.

With this much of our country (and our world) in pain, it’s clear to me that we aren’t doing something right.

Sure, pray if you want, but your prayers mean nothing if God has other plans. It’s “Thy will be done” not “my will that I’m praying very hard for be done”. If we aren’t living life the right way, do you really think it matters how hard we pray? That’s like eating a whole cake and then running five miles immediately after to make it right. All that’s going to do is make you sick.

Take care of each other. Take care of those who look different than you, believe differently than you. “Love thy neighbor as thyself” — I see a lot of “Christian” people loving themselves an awful lot…their neighbors? Not so much.

What keeps me looking forward during all of these tragedies and ugliness is the moral compass of my youth: Mister Rogers.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

I want to make Mister Rogers proud. Won’t you join me?

“Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?”

lyrics excerpt from “Won’t You Be My Neighbor by Fred M. Rogers

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