I don’t know about you but Hurricane Harvey has shocked me with its incredible strength and size, the rain that never seems to end, and the extreme and dangerous flooding. On the other hand, it has brought people together and reminded us how important and precious each and every life truly is. And that to me is the silver lining.
The acts of love and kindness in recent days have been amazing to watch. People stepping up to help total strangers who are in desperate need. People taking in strangers who have no safe place to go. People having others ride in their boats to higher ground and safety. People demonstrating love and compassion in action.
Not only are the first responders and those trained for disasters going above and beyond, many citizens are as well. People are volunteering at shelters and encouraging each other through songs and prayers. Others are bringing clothing, diapers, and water to help those who arrive at the shelters with only what they could carry.
I have cried both sad tears and happy tears. A few weeks ago, we seemed more divided than ever. Now, we see people helping each other because they can and want to make a difference. Little things, gestures, and donations are adding up to big things that truly help a lot of people. We seem to have found compassion again.
By and large, we are people who truly do care for each other. Most of us do what we can to help our fellow men and women. It boggles my mind to think of what so many are now dealing with since their entire homes and towns have been under water. Or loved ones have died, pets were lost or were abandoned, and so much more. And some have had happy reunions.
A few things I don’t like through all of this are the scammers, the looters, and those who take advantage of these people. Also, the judgement and criticism being given out doesn’t help matters. May we focus on what is being done to help these people, give what and how we can, and be thankful that so many are helping.
And, let’s make it about the victims and those whose lives have forever changed. They are who matter now. They are who we are pulling together for and donating our money and our time to help. They are the ones who are suffering and in need of assistance. They are the ones who will eventually rebuild and start over.
My prayer is that we can pull together and help each other during more than just times of disaster and crisis. We can reach out and lend a helping hand through these difficult times and afterwards as well. That is my hope. After all, we are more alike than not, and we are all in this together. May God Bless you and your family. (photo in clip art from Power Point.)