Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Caring Community
5:55 pm edt
A recent vacation put us in the path of one of the major tornado outbreaks. Fortunately, the area we were staying in was
spared major damage, but there were so many others in different locales who were severely impacted by dangerous weather. When
we see the photographs and videos of the damage wrought by these record-breaking storms we have no way to even comprehend
the extent of misery brought about by them. How do we bring about some sort of peace to ourselves and those affected in such
times of destruction? There is no easy or satisfactory answer, but reaching out in any manner we can to give what help and
comfort we can is an expression of our humanity...our caring concern...our acknowledgement that "there but for the grace
of God.." We need to demonstrate our willingness to help, whether by volunteering, providing resources--financial or
personal-- perhaps spiritual by keeping those affected in our hearts, minds, and thoughts/prayers. We need this not just for
others...we need it for ourselves...we need to know and understand that we are, in fact, all affected when storms enter our
lives...we are all together in our vulnerability...essentially, we need to know that we and others are there with us and/or
those affected. By giving and reaching out to connect and share what we can we are recognizing that we are also receiving
and becoming part of the caring community.
Peace to you this day. Peace.
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