By Christopher Simon
Look for the Helpers
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” ~ James 1:27 NIV
Fred Rogers, the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, reported that his mother had once said that whenever something horrible happens, something tragic or catastrophic, to always look for the helpers. They may be on the sidelines, or even behind the scenes, but they will always be there, and this gives us reason for hope.
No matter how many times we see these horrific terror attacks which kill innocent people, among them often children, we will see the helpers rushing to the scene to do whatever they can.
Natural disasters are the same. People from around the world will offer their time and money, and often their very lives to help others, and this should give us hope for humanity.
Despite our pettiness, our pugnacious tendencies and our downright depravity, most of us want to be decent human beings, and one way we can be decent and good is by helping our fellow human beings in need.
You don’t have to look far for someone who needs your help. The next time you are tempted to write off humanity as vile and totally depraved, look for the helpers, and consider being one yourself.