People say to look for the helpers.
I guess this originated from Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’…”
Mr. Rogers was a wise man. A wise man who – it appears – was raised by a wise woman.
Find the helpers. Because we can’t let fear of one rob us of our faith in others.
There are so many helpers, supporters, sympathetic mourners.
Because people care. They grieve. They are there… to support, help, sacrifice. They are near to the broken-hearted, to comfort. They redeem this tragedy by bringing good from it, by restoring hope, joy, peace.
And isn’t that just like our God? Just exactly what the Bible says about Him?
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
“In all their suffering he also suffered…” ~ Isaiah 63:9 NLT.
Because a Father grieves for the pain his child feels.
He is there.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God is with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6
He is near to the broken-hearted. He comforts.
“The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” ~ Psalm 34:18
He redeems and restores.
“Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.” ~ Psalm 130:7
He is the God of hope, who can fill you with all hope, peace, and joy… if you just trust in Him! (Romans 15:13)
And He loves. Oh, how He loves!
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38-39.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness…” ~ Jeremiah 31:3
And we were made in His image. (Genesis 1:27)
These people, the helpers. Look for them. In Boston, and all over. They are giving us a glimpse of our God, our Helper. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1
Look for the helpers… And see an image of a living God, full of love.