Look for the Helpers


“Mr. Rogers,” — an American television host, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister was always comforted by something his mother told during times of disaster: “Look for the helpers. You can always find people who are helping.”

His mother’s statement carries even more meaning after speaking with people directly affected by Ian.

One person sat in her garage sobbing, overwhelmed by the circumstances. A neighbor, whom she had not met prior, walked over and offered a beer. “Drink this. Nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day. Storm is over. Take one step at a time. Just one step at a time. It will be okay.”

A night-shift medical professional came home to a flooded condo and cars floating in the standing water.

Another neighbor, again a stranger, approached him and asked if he could use help. He said, “I just don’t know where to start.” The neighbor offered a place to stay, food, and a way to charge his phone.

Another man helped people by removing water-damaged drywall before it mildewed and molded.

He did so because he knew how and wanted to help. No charge –just helping out.

Another person comforted a neighbor by telling stories of everyday heroes in his life – a momentary retreat from the situation.

The gesture was an inspiration and helped the neighbor muster the courage to what needed to be done next.

Whole neighborhoods, usually behind doors doing their own thing, are out helping each other clean debris and providing food, tools, and emotional support.

They will restructure and rebuild.

In times like these, it is important to be a witness for each other, giving testimony to the event, to the courage and resilience, and to God’s helping hand.

The advice, look to the helpers, offers hope and faith in God, others, and ourselves. We are encouraged by kindness and compassion and mankind’s incredible resiliency is strengthened by the presence of Almighty God



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