The world looks a little different when compassion and kindness wins. It is when people experience a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for others who are stricken by misfortune and they seek to alleviate the suffering through acts of kindness. It is a wonderful and amazing thing to see especially when Nations display this emotion. But why does it take a tragedy to spark it?
France has succumbed to a tragedy of epic proportions. My heart bleeds for her and the families that have been touched by this horrific event. My prayers are fervent for their comfort. The world is responding wholeheartedly with compassion….as it should. Messages and prayers are being sent from every corner of the planet to the heart of France. Displays of the French flag are waving to proclaim our solidarity with their sorrow and Facebook pages are turning red, white, and blue as a show of support. I have heard that taxi drivers in Paris are giving free rides to all travelers. Homes are opening their doors to strangers. Courageous people helped others off rooftops and guided them to safety in the midst of gun fire. Stranded travelers trying to get back to France are being aided on our shores as well. Well springs of goodness have been tapped through the evil that initiated it.
We’ve seen this before…with other man-made disasters and natural ones as well. We’ve experienced this magnitude of caring and a multitude of selfless acts in our own country in the aftermath of 911…when all of humanity rowed together. But WHY does it take a tragedy to display this kindness to others? What if we did it ALL the time? Why don’t we step up to be those kind of people everyday? It’s rather like a eulogy at a funeral…the words of love and encouragement should have been said all the time. In this case, this kindness and compassion should be extended all the time too. How can we keep it front and center as we live our lives together. Some are saying ….“We are all France, united in our grief”. But really….we are all people, uniquely united in our humanity…all the time.
When compassion wins…..we all win…even in the face of such a tragedy.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Colossians 3: 12-13