Every time I think I'm about to give up on "people" being good, something someone does always surprises me.
I have a friend who is seriously intentional about taking care of her friends. She organizes food when someone is going through a rough time, offers monthly free babysitting to one of her and her husband's couple friends who don't have family in town so that they can have a date night, and encourages people regularly through notes, quotes, scriptures, even care packages.
I have coworker who, anonymously, throughout the year supplied goodie bags with personalized encouragement to members of the faculty--and I'm not even talking about just her circle of friends.
Tonight, I am enjoying a meal courtesy one of my dear friends--yet a friend who I don't keep in touch with as much as I wish I did. When Patrick began traveling so much, an out of town friend sent us a generous giftcard to Super Suppers. (If you are unfamiliar with this concept, click on the link. It's pretty awesome.) She knew that dinners would be difficult to get through alone with a newborn. She heard about our situation and thoughtfully planned a way to help us meet one of our needs. While I love to cook, it is difficult to prepare meals for 1 during the week--especially with my mobile daughter who I chase around every hour of every day. My "super suppers" have been so delicious and allow me to feel like I am eating a homecooked meal every night. Plus, they have a "healthy meal" menu, and each meal in this catergory has under 600 calories. It's truly a beautiful thing. Tonight I had parmesan chicken, sauteed vegetables, and a flake roll. So delicious.
In a world filled with selfishness, materialism, even violence and hatred, it always inspires me to be reminded that there are people who seek goodness, people who truly love. It also makes me want to be one of those people.
God is love, and He is still everpresent in this fallen world.