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anambulanceThe lead story on all of the TV networks last night was the impending storm all up and down the east coast of our country. Already death and destruction could be seen coming across from the west and over the weekend it seems inevitable that a “one-two punch” will wreak havoc on the rest of us. That just adds to all the other bad news of politics and terror attacks that make one wonder when all these storms in our lives will abate.

The Society of the Christophers is famous for the saying, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” I read an analogous quote from author Clarissa Pinkola Estes this morning that gave me permission once more not to set my sights on saving the whole world. (Sometimes in our frustrations we need reminders.) She says:

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.

So blessings today on all those who serve good hot soup to those in shelters, to first responders who leave the comfort of their homes to rescue victims of fire and flood, and to those who stretch out their arms to assuage distress by offering hugs to those in need. Stay safe out there, everyone. Stay awake and aware. Stay compassionate and stay calm. Stay ready to serve.

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