Don’t Give Up

2017-1006

DON’T GIVE UP

More than two decades ago, a major earthquake rocked Turkey.

Tragically, the quake happened when school was in session.  Scores of children disappeared under piles of debris.

Parents and rescue workers dug for days.  Gradually hope faded that any more survivors might be found.

One dad refused to leave his son’s school.  He continued to burrow into the shapeless piles of shattered cement blocks.

Another day passed.  And then another.

And then he heard the voices of children from a narrow space in the rubble.

His own son’s voice rang out.  “We’re here, Dad.  I told the other kids not to worry.  I told them you would never give up.”

The last five weeks seem to have tested, as never before, our capacity to respond to tragedy.

Two earthquakes have jolted Mexico.  Three hurricanes have left behind untold damage in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Gulf Coast.  And now a shooter, for reasons no one can fathom, has killed and wounded hundreds of Las Vegas concert-goers.

Every day has brought calls for more financial aid, more volunteers, and more prayers.

And the responses of ordinary people have been extraordinary.

The sheer number of stories of men and women who remained at the sides of complete strangers last Sunday night – staunching the flow of blood from bullet wounds, all the while putting themselves at risk of death – is breathtaking.

How can we account for such heroism?

Because we are made in the image of a God who never gives up, there’s something deeply planted within each of us that prompts us to do the same.

You may not be called this week to dig through rubble, transport water to remote villages, or tie a tourniquet to save someone’s life.

But you can give a gift to someone in great need, whether that person is at home, at work, or a stranger on the street.

Tell them you’re here to help.

And that you’re not going to give up.

— Authored by Glenn McDonald

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