As a new mom, there’s no getting around the grave reality that has been shoved into our faces by the recent shootings: there’s no way to guarantee the safety of those we love. Reading news reports and looking down at my beautiful baby daughter, it is easy to become paralyzed with fear, never wanting to let her out of my sight. Though there is no easy way to fix the disease that is fear, I have been encouraged by an anecdote from one of the great philosophers of our modern day, Mr. Rogers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” ― Fred Rogers
My prayer has been this:
Lord, please teach me to be a helper. Continually humble my heart and give me eyes to see opportunities to reach out to those around me who feel isolated and without hope. Lead me to speak truth, and even more, guide me to listen. Open your heart to me, share with me your wisdom, for only in deep understanding of you will I find, live, and share peace.
May we be helpers, one to another.
Contributed by Catherine Olson, Reedwood Friends