This morning, as I eat my oatmeal, drink my coffee, and listen to my children playing in the living room I am thankful. I am thankful for these two little boys and the joy they bring to my life. And I am so thankful that we live in this tiny town, in the middle of nowhere, where I don't have to worry too much about the great evils that could snatch them from me at anytime.
Yesterday I was checking my Twitter feed when I saw tweet after tweet about Boston and explosions and bombs and carnage. People had come together for fun and were now experiencing horror. As Joey and I sat in front of the TV and watched the news stories unfold, we both said something about how grateful we were that we lived here.
When I got on Facebook later I saw more posts about Boston. "Pray for Boston." "Praying for Boston." "Help Boston, donate here." And on and on and on. What occurred yesterday in Boston was a tragedy. Same as what occurred in the halls of an elementary school right before Christmas. Same as what occurred in a movie theater. Make no mistake my friends, tragedy is all around us. Whether it's on a mass scale like the Boston Marathon, or a smaller scale of children being abandoned. As foster parents, we hear about tragedy befalling innocent children all the time. Whether it's the loss of a parent or the loss of their innocence, it's still a tragedy. But with this tragedy all around also comes something else. Hope. Love. Help.
Within a short time of the explosions, funds were being set up for the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. Immediately people were looking to help. To help the injured, search for remaining explosives, clear debris, donate blood, donate money, give their time, pour out themselves to do whatever they can. In the face of a tragedy, people are always willing to help.
This country, these republicans, democrats, minorities, Christians, atheists, all flooded the halls of a temporary school for Newtown students with snowflakes, hearts, and ducks. If there is one thing about America, we band together to help each other. During any tragedy, look around, you'll see people helping. Doing whatever they can to help those in need.
Some people are rotten and cause great tragedies. But for every rotten person, there are more that aren't rotten. That are ready to take the hurt, the suffering and mend them to restoration.
I saw this quote and it speaks volumes about humanity:
Regardless of what tragedy may occur, there will always be more people willing to light up the darkness, give where there is none, replace fear with hope, replace hate with love. So as so many people look around them and see darkness and tragedy surrounding all of us, I choose to see light and goodness. Because I've read the Book, and I know who wins.