I don’t know about you, but I’m really affected by tragedies such as the one in Boston yesterday. It’s hard for me not to sink into a pit of despair and bitterness. Sometimes I just hate this broken world that we live in. I’ve had depression knock on my door a time or two and it’s events such as this one that tend to bring it around my neighborhood.
Thankfully, someone else came knocking on my door this time, Mr. Rogers, our friendly neighbor. You may have also seen his quote that was circulating the internet just hours after the bombings:
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.
When depression taunts me, I’ve noticed that it helps to focus on the good that exists in the world. Yes, one person did a very bad thing… but look at all of the people who are doing very good things in response to that one bad thing. The ratio of good to evil is astounding. It’s not only astounding, it’s beautiful. It brings me so much hope and joy knowing that even in this broken world, God is breaking through with His love. I hope you can see it too.
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