Love and kindness in the face of evil

19 Dec

Like most of us in this country, I have spent the last several days crying and praying, and reflecting on the people and things I give value and precedence to in my life. I, like so many of you, have been jarringly reminded of what is truly important. For that reason I haven’t been writing, or reading, or watching TV but rather doting on and playing with my son, baking cookies with my mom, talking books with my dad, gabbing with my sister and laughing  and loving with my husband.

What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary has affected us all. Because in every sweet, innocent child’s face we see our own sons & daughters, brothers & sisters, nieces & nephews. It is heart-wrenching to think of their precious lives, so tragically cut short. This is an event that has shaken us to our core. An event that reminds us there is evil out there and it walks among us every day. An event that reinforces the notion that we have to be the good that we want to see in our world.

#26ActsofKindness is taking over right now. It’s a wonderful movement. But it shouldn’t be CAN’T be something that we do only in the wake of tragedy. We should be kind every day. Our lives should be filled with the giving of  kindness, love, patience, forgiveness, understanding, hopefulness, friendliness & compassion. If we all practiced giving these personal, emotional, spiritual gifts daily then maybe we could prevent more events like this from happening.

We need to stop relying on physical things to make our lives better and start giving of ourselves more to have a fuller life. Give more of yourself to your family, even if it means putting in less time at work , having dirty dishes and laundry at night, or spending several hours in the car to get to them. Give more of yourself to your community and to those who need it most. Even small donations of food, clothes and time can make a real difference. Give more of yourself to your friends. Be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen and hand to help. Give more of yourself to others. Hold the door, give a friendly smile and lend an encouraging word.

Hopefully next year at this time, we can honor the memories of those who 26 people who were lost this week by being able to say “The world is a better place now, because of you.”

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23

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2 Responses to “Love and kindness in the face of evil”

  1. Writer's BLOCK December 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Love it

  2. Toni Craig December 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by, Writer’s BLOCK. I just felt that we, as a country, always talk about how we’re going to change how we do things after something like this happens, but we so quickly revert back to our old ways. Hopefully we can all really learn and grow from this one.

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