Sometimes, when I turn on the news and hear the cacophony of harsh words that jar the soul, I begin to think we’ve lost our humanity. These words that blare from our radios and televisions can be so hateful and deliberately controversial that they serve only to polarize and make us question, what is truth?
There has been a bright spot recently, though, in the most unexpected place. While Hurricane Florence hit our East Coast with a thunderous, debilitating blast of water and wind, it appears her purpose may have been to awaken our better angels.
Despite the chaos and destruction around them, people affected by Florence have put their own lives in danger by performing acts of bravery. They have abandoned self-preservation to rescue their neighbors, animals in peril and people they’ve never met. I can’t help but think Noah’s bible story, a favorite of mine when I was a child: all that water, animals two by two, families and people invited onto the life-saving ark (although, remember, some didn’t listen and scoffed when hearing Noah’s prediction of a devastating flood).
Thank God for those who did listen when the news of Florence’s arrival was predicted and thank goodness for the helpers and the givers.
In this article are some heroic examples of those whose humanity overcame their fear.
One other heartwarming story about Florence that stood out to me recently was that the wild horses on the East Coast that escaped with no visible damage. The news reported that the horses intuitively sensed that bad weather was coming and moved out of the open areas to take protection in the forest. As an animal and horse lover, I was happy to hear the announcement that they had made it through safely.
What good news stories have you heard recently?
© Tyra Manning 2018