Are things upside down? Take a closer look
Most of you reading this are old enough to remember how relieved you felt when 2020 drew to a close to make way for a new year.
That’s because 2020 was a year for the books – the kind of year unborn people will need to hear about at every family reunion for decades to come. It was so crazy.
Like plants craving sunshine, we looked to 2021 convinced it couldn’t get more wacky, and for at least six days we were right.
Five months later, and we are still grappling with the impact of the January 6 insurgency, as well as our continued struggle with the pandemic, the turmoil over race relations, a recently broken conflict in the Middle East and the emergence of dark web sabotage.
On paper, it looks like we have no reason to feel better in 2021 than in 2020.
There is a lot of good to be had. We just need to adopt it.
It is only human nature to slow down and observe the car crash, but like junk food, too much scandal, controversy, and conflict can poison the soul.
Slowly, surely, we are emerging from the wreckage caused by the pandemic, even though the losses suffered by thousands of American families can never be restored.
But there is light to come.
Really, it’s always been there; we were just too overwhelmed to see it.
For months now, the men at Temple Israel in Canton, Ohio have been building and donating offices so that the children have their own space to study and work at home.
Sometimes true religion is not that complicated. Sometimes it’s something you can get your hands on.
“We have built 84 offices so far and have enough money to build another 30 without raising additional funds,” said Rabbi Emeritus John Spitzer. “The fundamental problem now is to find locations for the offices. We have sent offices to schools in Canton Canton, Township of Plain and Township of Canton.”
The Grove family farm in Beloit, Ohio donates 5,000 fresh eggs to the Alliance Community Pantry. Eggs are cheap right now, but it doesn’t matter how much they cost if you can’t afford them. Although the country is recovering, hunger remains entrenched.
Since 2017, Daniel and Amanda Anschutz of Lake Township have co-founded Compassion Delivered, a non-profit organization that has prepared 10,000 meals for people with serious and chronic illnesses.
Every city in America has these people.
Children have lost and suffered a lot this year, and while it does not magically restore all that has been lost, being able to cycle in the summer is one of the supreme joys of childhood. The freedom that is felt is one of those memories that we carry with us every day of our lives.
We live in a culture where bad news can always be found. Sometimes it feels like the equivalent of trying to drink from a fire hose. It is at these times that we must make a conscious choice to look to the good.
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