Look for the helpers…

“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.”

Mister Rogers

There are always scary things on the news but today during a time of the Covid-19 pandemic the news seems especially frightening. Daily updates on infections, deaths, the impact to millions through economic fallout, and the fear and uncertainty of our unknown future.

Yet everyday people wake up, get dressed and prepare to serve others. I have always admired those in the medical fields because I view what they do as a true passion and calling. I don’t think my gratitude towards this entire profession has ever been as strong as it is today. In a Covid-19 world these individuals knowingly put themselves in harms way to serve others. What an incredible blessing and gift they give to every person they serve.

Interestingly enough during my devotional time this morning this verse was front and center and is one that I believe certainly applies to each of our health care professionals in today’s world. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

To knowingly risk oneself in the service of others. To knowingly put your family a little closer to the front lines. To give of oneself and lay it all down. What a debt of gratitude we all owe those that serve… Thank you.

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