“Always look for the helpers” – Fred Rogers

…being made strong with the inherent power of God to exert His powerful dominion leading to patient waiting and slowness in avenging wrongs. Col. 1:11

There seems to be so much anger and lashing out in our culture right now. In most of these situations there are also people who intervene to help, to calm, and to bring peace. In the case of the Portland train stabbing Ricky Best, 53, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21  tried to help. They wanted to calm the anger directed at two teen-aged girls who were being harassed by a ranting man. It doesn’t look like they knew the suspect had a knife, they were simply trying to make peace. Best and Meche were fatally stabbed and Fletcher was seriously injured. I am reminded of a frequently quoted statement by Fred Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Sometimes the helpers lose their lives, but they never lose their power. The inherent power of God is love and grace.

Lord, bless the peacemakers, heal the broken-hearted, and let the inherent power of Your love prevail through the helpers in this world.