We are all in this together

I was standing at my desk when I received the first report on my smartphone that there had been a bombing at the Boston Marathon. I paused what I was doing and leaned over to tell my officemate. It was one of those instances when you don’t realize how serious something is until you share it with someone else and you are able to witness their initial and raw reaction. As did many people around the US and the world upon hearing the terrible news, we both let out a gasp of despair and sent up a quick prayer for all those involved.

In the days following the tragedy in Boston, I was struck by a solemn confirmation that through communal despair, fear and righteous indignation… we truly believe that we are all in this together. We are connected. No matter if we knew someone involved in the incident, we can’t help but feel invested. We feel as if we have something at stake in the community thousands of miles away. We often stretch ourselves to justify our connection with an event, we know someone that knows someone involved. We feel the need to further justify our heart in its mourning for people we really don’t know, in a place that is far away. But why? Do we really need to prove our devotion? To justify our mourning?

I think our common humanity justifies itself. I think the same feeling that leads us to mourn for the victims in Boston is the same feeling that Christ places inside of us to “care for the orphan and the widow in their distress.” While some tragedies are acute and cut deep (such as Boston or September 11), others are consistent and wear us down. And let there be no mistake, there are many ongoing tragedies that happen every single day. But our responses to both types of tragedies should be similar. They are opportunities for the grace and love of God to shine in the darkest of hours.

As reports started to flow in of the bravery and compassion by those who attended to the victims of the Boston bombings, I was reminded to the similar outpouring of love in response to the earthquake in Haiti, or the tsunami in Indonesia. When our basic instinct tell us to run away, we are often drawn towards our hurting brothers and sisters. Maybe it is God’s intention to use these terrible instances of pain and suffering to pull us together. And while that is not always how it turns out… and nor do we hope pain and suffering upon anyone… we must acknowledge that God does something very beautiful in the wake of tragedies such as these.

This is why Food for the Hungry exists. We are called respond to the pain and hurt of global poverty in ways that create hope and love.

We stand with the victims in Boston. We stand with the young man of the child-headed household in Ethiopia. We stand with the mother trying to earn an income for her family in the Philippines.

We are all in this together.

 

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  4. Five lessons in five years at FH (Part 2)
  5. The purpose of the poor

About David Curtis

David is passionate about two things: Walking with the poor, and the New England Patriots. His interest in understanding and advocating for the poor began while spending the summer in rural South Africa, where he worked alongside a fellow 19 year old at an orphanage. The juxtaposition of life as a privileged American, with that of a determined yet struggling friend and peer from the Global South, began the trajectory of a calling to walk with the poor. Since then he has spent time working in South Africa, Indonesia and Haiti. David graduated from Calvin College as a Social Studies Teacher, combining a passion to teach with that of learning. A potent combination that strives to bring "Mutual Transformation" to the world. Go Pats!

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