When a tragedy strikes, we, as a nation, grieve with the victims and their families. We feel touched by the heartbreaking accounts when the tragedy is a natural disaster, but so much more when the tragic event is caused by another human being. Loss is loss–no less significant if children are swept away by a surge of water than a gunman standing in an elementary school. But it touches us deeper, knowing the ability for one person to take the lives of so many. Whether it was at the hands of an evil, sadistic young man or one riddled with mental health issues remains to be revealed, but just knowing one person chose to destroy so many lives is unthinkable.
Reading the Facebook posts echoing the details, and a myriad of personal thoughts on the tragedy was more than I could bear; I had to take a break from Facebook. Returning today, I have decided to bring a positive, hope-filled post to the social media space. It is not going to bring lasting joy to all our hearts, erasing what still weighs heavy on our souls. I just hope the message today will help us begin to restore our faith in the good that exists in so many people. I believe there is much more good in this world than evil, but the small, kind acts often are not heavily reported in the news. Today I share a personal account, and 26 other inspiring acts of kindness.
Read and enjoy:
Last night Sean and I drove to a special home in Reston, Virginia. With his daughter in tow, we went to see this beautiful home.
Pulling up, the house was breathtaking. We sat in awe for a few minutes in the car before getting out to walk around. The lights and decorations were even more beautiful up close.
I was overwhelmed with the Christmas spirit as I watched Sean’s daughter gleefully express her thoughts over what seemed magical to her last night. The details in the lights, Santa, the beautiful nativity scene, huge snowmen in a second story window, life-sized, realistic-looking carolers at the door, and artificial snow blowing. It’s a site to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. But then I saw something that brought tears to my eyes.
The Coury family spend time and a great deal of money to bring happiness to many a passerby during the Christmas season each year. Just sharing such beauty for strangers at Christmas is such a wonderful gift, but this family has chosen to take something special and do the extraordinary: they encourage those who enjoy the effort of their hard work to give a gift to those in need; they ask people who stop to take pictures and enjoy to donate money to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. This is a lovely example of how one family can make a difference for so many people.
Discovering the Coury family’s home last night touched my heart. If it touches yours, please think of donating to St. Jude’s. The family asks people text LIFE to 50333 to donate $10.
At this difficult time for our nation, grappling with the tragedy in Newtown, here are 26 other amazing stories of heroics, love, random acts of kindness, making children’s dreams come true, unconditional love, and even making a flight easier for a plane full of people. These stories and the one I shared today won’t erase what has happened, but maybe it will bring respite from our sadness, and begin to restore our faith in others.
May you find peace and joy each day during the holiday season.