Sunday, September 04, 2005

In spite of darkness, there is light

I was reflecting on how the disaster in the Gulf States resulted in a refreshed sense of how fragile our lives here and now are. It is easy to become obcessed with the negative, inhuman dimensions of this moment. In this post, I wanted to bring you some of the virtuous moments that people have engaged in during this hour of sorrow.

For example, the service of many dedicated military and guardsmen demonstrates how broad service can be. Here's Oklahoma's contribution. As a matter of fact, even corporations are playing a part. Here we hear about Oklahoma Gas and Electric's help. Another bonus is where work can build up the hopes of those who are dispossessed. In Texas, for instance, Fort Worth is beginning to benefit from the New Orleans transit. For further signs, let's consider all that volunteer medical expertise being used at various triage center. This is a story about the Astrodome center. Then there is the champion Lance Armstrong who is willing to pony up $500,000 to help with various needs. Now if he could just get his private life straightened out.

And an upbeat change of behavior from celebs, Macy Grey is literally putting herself at the service of others. Maybe I will be buying one of her records. While I don't appreciate John Grisham's writing, I can appreciate putting his money where is mouth is, to the tune of $5 million dollars. Nice, huh?

What about the spiritual frontiers? The Vatican has fired up the Cor Unum folks to get them to assist. Check it out here.

This is just a taste. The most beautiful gestures are the most hidden and there are literally thousands of those stories that the news centers don't cover.

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