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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Finding Hope...Spreading Peace

Like the rest of the country, I was horrified and saddened beyond words last Friday when I heard about the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. It’s heartbreaking. It’s senseless. It’s unbelievable.

And it’s a tragedy that has really stirred people up. Doesn’t it seem like more people have gotten worked up over this than any other news story in recent memory? Lord knows, there are sad and awful news stories somewhere in the world every day. But this one was especially heinous. Naturally, people are moved and upset, searching for answers and wanting to help. On Facebook, anyway, I’ve been seeing so many comments, thoughts, opinions, and debates.

I think it’s good that people are talking. This is something that NEEDS to be talked about. From gun control and mental illness to the fragility of life, people are talking. And talking is a very good step towards action and change.

Discussing sad, incomprehensible things is also a way for people to come together. These conversations help people to realize they’re not alone. I know I sometimes feel helpless and hopeless in the face of such evil in our world. It helps to hear and read what others are thinking. It helps tremendously to find kindred spirits.

I found one such inspiring blog post this week, by Rebekah Teal, the “City Farmgirl” of MaryJanesFarm Magazine and website. Rebekah wrote about finding peace within, even in the midst of sorrow. She also wrote about how there’s so much that each of us can do to spread hope within our own little spheres of influence. It’s worth a read: Finding Peace & Keeping Hope.

It’s especially poignant that this terrible loss has happened in the season of “peace on earth, goodwill towards men.” Holiday cheer seems so out of place. And yet, this is exactly the time of year when we gather together and focus more on others than ourselves. We give, we share, we donate, we offer a helping hand. This is good to remember. When you feel helpless and don’t know what to do, you can always:

~ Give generously 

~ Speak up for peace 
~ Be present for someone 
~ Show love 
~ Remember… there is hope in our shared humanity 

Blessed be.

1 comment:

Deb said...

so true jennifer. I can get overwhelmed when i look at big societal challenges. it's so important to remind ourselves of the smaller things that we can do, so that we can keep doing them, keep moving, and keep hoping for bigger changes.