What an odd culmination of events we have already been through. Would you have imagined all the schools would be closed as recently as last fall? Would you have anticipated that children’s authors and actors would be reading aloud for free to children on the internet? would you have believed that we would suddenly be seeing Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals, Shakespearean plays, fundraising concerts, not to mention other people singing and bringing us music and joy? It is amazing. So many people and organizations WORLDWIDE have sprung into action to help, to encourage, to provide. Companies have started making equipment, local people have been making masks, providing food baskets, and just plain old encouraging with kindness and generosity.
Yes, I know. People are ill. Many have died. People are arguing about what is or is not true. People are arguing about who should help. Just like always. BUT, it isn’t like always. It is different because more people are coming forward who do care. That is a good side effect. That is encouraging.
Thus, when you are feeling careworn, worried, weary, tired of limitations, tired of things in short supply, remember the kindness. Never forget it. Hold it in your heart. People are showing their love. I pray that we all remember that. I pray even more that people will continue to care and step forward. There are daily opportunities to do something loving. Their are opportunities all around us to lift someone up. Let’s continue to be about the uplifting.
I know that anyone who has read more than one of my blog posts knows that faith, hope, and love are important to me. I am, as I have said, a perennial optimist. I am firmly convinced that we each have chances every day to be a candle, lit in the darkness. Glow and shine on, my wondrous lighthouses. I wish you hope, love, strength, and commitment to God and each other.