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Even Today Mr. Rogers Offers Comfort

Fred_Rogers_White_HouseThe tragedy in Boston is horrific. The raw images and video graphic. The city, and the country, filled with pain as we hear reports of death and scores severely wounded. We pray for the families and for the survivors.

In our grief, one calming voice returned to offer comfort. Fred Rogers, famed neighborhood friend from PBS often talked to children about dealing with challenges. His quote below was posted and went viral on the social media yesterday afternoon.

“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.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”

Mr. Rogers, your mom was right. I saw it, did you? Did you see the soldier who, having just finished the race, ran back to help the wounded? Did you see the cowboy who quickly applied a tourniquet to a severely wounded man? Did you see the police and firefighters running toward the injured, even after the second bomb was detonated?
 
It is still a terrible tragedy but in the midst of it all we are reminded that there are more caring and helpful people than there are evil. And though he’s been gone for many years we still appreciate the wisdom of Mr. Rogers.

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