The comforting power of Love

The day following the tragedy of a high-school shooting near my home in southern California, many from the community and beyond gathered at a community church that had graciously opened its doors as a crisis center. Those gathered were from all backgrounds, all ages, colors, and creeds. There were students who had witnessed the tragedy, as well as other students, parents, teachers, counselors, ministers, and volunteers. All were there for one reason. Love. They had come to comfort and/or to be comforted. As a practicing spiritual healer, I came to comfort.

Words cannot describe the love I felt as I entered that lobby. Each of us at one time or another was hugging someone. Many, I'm sure, didn't know anyone there. It didn't matter. The reason we were there was much bigger than familiarity—it was Love.

Right in the middle of that devastating event, the atmosphere was filled with love and sharing. You should have seen those faces. Each radiated love. Without exception, everyone was involved in giving. There were tables filled with a variety of desserts. Cold and hot drinks were available.

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And in the midst of turmoil, peace
April 14, 2003

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