Look for the Helpers

Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers

In the aftermath of the Newtown school shootings of last December, a quote attributed to Fred Rogers was making the rounds of social media. These words are also appropriate as we deal with the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Mr. Rogers reportedly once said, “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.”

In this sinful, fallen world in which we live, life often inflicts great pain on unsuspecting victims. People like the young Fred Rogers observe these scary events and try to make some kind of sense out of the chaos. They look for something positive to hold on to. What they need to see are people helping those who are hurting.

Would they ever see you?

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”—Galatians 6:2.

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