I have been thinking of coming back to blogging again, and then Hurricane Sandy hit. Not that I am affected, in so much as I live on the West Coast.
But this doesn't mean I am not affected in other ways.
I have been watching the news channels and have seen the beginning reports of the devastation.
So many people have lost their lives.
So many people have lost their homes.
So many people have lost their livelihood.
Over 7 million people without electricity.
In the cold and wet weather.
Many places with snow by the foot.
This just reminds us of how fragile life is.
At any time, we could suffer a similar catastrophe.
These things happen regularly, all over the globe.
|Jet trail mimicking tornado over Cascade Mountains|
But it is precisely during these types of difficult situations that you see the shining light of the human spirit.
Brave Policemen and Firefighters, Emergency Responders, Doctors, Nurses, National Guard Soldiers, Utility Workers, Governors, Senators, Congressmen, and the President, all working together to help one another.
But it is the selfless acts of ordinary people that really shine.
It is all of these wonderful, heroic people who risk their lives to save others, to save a pet, to save an elderly person, a child, or the disabled that are truly extraordinary.
But it doesn't stop there.
Selfless hours of work by aid workers, clean up crews, churches, charities, individuals and organizations will go into the massive undertaking of helping the displaced, helping the homeless, helping the tired and the hungry.
And that is where we can join in.
Even if we can't be there to help, we can remember to donate.
The need is great.
It doesn't end.
But we are a generous people.
We help the world.
Now we can help our own.
Even if all you have to give is a prayer.
Prayers are the most powerful of all things to give.
So let's say a prayer for everyone who suffers in harm's way.
Not just today.
But every day.
'But for the Grace of God, Go I.'