I, along with the rest of the country, have been mourning the loss of 26 beautiful, innocent people that tragically died last week in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There is, in my opinion, absolutely nothing so evil and atrocious as the killing of an innocent child. It makes my heart ache for the families that were left to deal with such tragedy. It makes me physically ill to think about something so violent taking place in an elementary school of all places. It simply boggles my mind to think that something so vile could take place in our country (or anywhere in the world for that matter).
Thankfully, there are good people that see a tragedy such as the Connecticut shooting and act. We step up to comfort, help, support, pray for and love those left to pick up the pieces of a shattered life without a loved one. We set up fundraising to help the affected families pay for unexpected funeral costs, counseling, scholarships, and other basic needs. Together we come together to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. And together we try to heal broken hearts and wipe each other’s tears.
I’ve watched additional tragedies take place in the last few months. There have been natural disasters in our nation. It’s amazing how quickly people rally together and make a huge difference. We put on yellow vests and clean up debris. We shovel mud out of people’s basements. We send supplies to those that are left with nothing. It’s beautiful to see such selfless acts of service, compassion and love. It’s nothing less than awe-inspiring.
When a tragedy occurs, we are quick to step up to the plate and say, “How can I help?” We are deeply affected and want to support and lift those that have been so senselessly affected. We feel a desire and a need to do something, ANYTHING, to lighten someone’s load. This is one of the characteristics that I love most about human beings. They do, by nature, desire to bless and help those around them. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Let me tell you of another tragedy:
This tragedy is calling you too. Will you step up to help?