What we all can do

There are times to build and times to rebuild. Rebuilding after a tragedy is often a time of vast courage and deep love. People who are faced with such work have much to do, but so do those who may not be so immediately affected. People join hands and hearts when tragedy happens. A friend recently wrote to me about just such an experience when her family faced multiple problems that nearly overwhelmed them. The love, however, that poured in from friends and from other unexpected places helped them to realize even more just how important everyone is in her neighborhood and even in the world.

Our family, too, has gone through some rough experiences. And during a particular one we found that the prayer and the hard work that followed opened our hearts more to caring for others than we ever expected it would.

After the recent fire in the Oakland, California, area people responded with open hearts to the welfare of their fellowman. Facing tragedy like this draws out the best in people; we realize that the family circle is a lot larger than we might have thought in more routine moments.

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December 9, 1991

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