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Look for the helpers.

Friday, December 14, 2012

“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.” - Fred Rogers

This was one of the most powerful quotes I saw while scrolling Facebook today.  It was a response of a friend to today's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

I didn't see much of the coverage live today since the little boys were home.  I purposefully kept the TV off in order to protect Oliver from hearing anything about it.

But my heart was very heavy today knowing many families experienced one of my greatest fears: sending my child into the world and having them not return.

At a loss for making logical something that will never make sense, I heard my heart try to comfort myself this evening:

Children belong first to God and are here on borrowed time.

I know this today because every day I must remind myself this is true.  Cystic Fibrosis keeps me painfully fully aware of this.  Bennett doesn't belong to me.  He is a gift.  (Oliver is as well.)

But that's why I love what Mister Rogers once said about dealing with 'scary things'...
"Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping."
Gifts often come amidst tragedies.

Just recently, in our own life, the generosity and love we received when Bennett was in the hospital was very touching to us.  The day of surgery, my phone "blew up" with text after text after text from friends (even friends of friends) who sent well wishes and words of encouragement.  Friends sent emails and took time to leave voicemails.  Our friend Dana came and sat with us during Bennett's surgery.  And our friends, the Fleners (whom we haven't seen in several years as they now live in Colorado) even "brought us dinner" - an emailed gift certificate to our favorite restaurant.

Yes, even in times of loss or mourning I can "look for the helpers."
God is always present and working.  He is our helper. 
Hebrews 16:3

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