Friday, April 29, 2011
Grace of the Common People
The Today Show ran a story titled "Cha-ching! Hedge fund managers earned billions in ’10" the story outlined how savvy hedge fund managers made money on their insight to bet on the housing foreclosure disaster.
The same evening the NBC Evening news ran a story titled Pay Soars for CEOs in industries that took financial hits as did most of the employees.
Quietly following the stories about greed ignoring hardship was a story about the family of Matt Howard, the Butler College forward, playing in the final four basketball championship. Butler player's Pop gets an assist. His father, a mail carrier, couldn't afford to take the family to see the game so customers on his route gave enough money to make that happen.
On our local station the story "Parent's of Fallen Soldier Get Home Makeover" shared that two churches came together to do essential repairs on the family home of a couple who's son gave his life for his country.
How easy to be jaded and angry about people we don't know, doing things we can hardly believe, in places we are vaguely familiar with. Take note and look past the headline story, written in explosive prose to catch your attention, and witness the grace of the common people.
Listen to the stories about individuals like us, in situations similar to our own, reaching out and giving to each other from the heart.
It is happening all around us. We are a part of it.
The good, the helpful, the light of Christ shining on humanity.