Tragedy showed up in our community yesterday morning. I like many of you began Monday as any other day until that call. A young mom’s life is lost; our hearts break. A lot of lives were changed in an instant; it’s a complex story. I don’t have any answers to the whys. I wish I did. All I can do is perhaps point to the “how” are we going to walk through the next few days and weeks.
Here’s my short list:
Invest in loving those closest to the tragedy. Acts of kindness and grace are always appreciated.
Take time to grieve while giving space to those who grieve and process differently than you.
Be present. Neither family needs our advice, just our presence. In fact, we really don’t know what to say. Sometimes just being present in the quiet room is all that needs to be said.
Don’t assume; act instead.
Don’t judge; extend mercy.
Pray your actions would example your followship of Christ. We are the light of the world. Shine light into the darkness of tragedy.
Draw close rather than push away. If there is ever a time to trust, this is the time. Hold to the promises God’s given you; remember the precepts of His word.
Pray and then pray some more.
Oh, and please please forgive the Mr. Rogers’ quote, but I just want to be someone who helps.