It’s tough right now, but it’s possible! We can find the good. My Facebook pages are rife with troubles, but also bursting with things that surprise and delight me.
Today, amid the wonderful and amazing ideas from teachers who are preparing for the beginning of school, and the crazy and brain-fogging news, I found some gems.
This is the one I’ve been waiting for.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of American is dedicating its churches to being “sanctuary church bodies.” They are preparing to not only shelter targeted undocumented immigrants, but are forming committees to outline ways “to help them explore and develop sanctuary ministries,” according to church officials. As we know, the devil is always in the details, but its an inspiring and timely start.
And then there are the children who are leading us.
Ruben Martinez created the “El Paso Challenge” when his city was the scene of unspeakable violence. His first action was to bring help to first responders, and has invited us all to do good deeds in memory of those who were injured or killed. On news reporting of the story, 5,000 people had come forth to help.
And …16 year-old Greta Thunberg will be sailing to the US as part of a North and South American tour to spread her dedication to the eradication of our climate crisis. The trip will be a difficult one, but she won’t use fuel that will add to our climate-related consumption. Our prayers go with her on her journey.
We live in a time in which news travels quickly. We can become overwhelmed with the horrific, as those stories “sell papers.” But the good is there, too.
Neighbors come together for pot luck dinners, watching each other’s children play; sunsets blast their colors all over our skies; as humans we see our own frailties and learn to live through them finding new levels of awareness.
We just have to look for it, and remind one another. We are all in this together.
As Oscar Hammerstein said, “A hundred million miracles are happening every day.”