Looking For The Good
This week I was deeply touched by the plight of the passengers on the Germanwings flight that the co-pilot evidently crashed into the French Alps. My imagination returns again and again to the pilot, crew, and passengers of the doomed flight and the terror they must have experienced when they realized what was happening.
I think of how often we entrust our safety to others. We trust other drivers to abide by the rules of the road, trust the utility companies to maintain equipment, some of us even trust in beneficent unseen beings and energies to guide, comfort, and support us. And many, many more times than not, those we trust are trustworthy!
Pondering evil and faith, I think of Albert Einstein’s quote, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” Bad things happen. Many more good things happen: Think of the thousands of successful flights on the day of the crash! How do we deal with the bad, though? Is it possible that in the midst of evil, something good arises? Could two passengers hold hands and feel the comfort of being together in that terrifying descent? Could love be present in the hearts of mothers holding their infants? Could Source be there to comfort them/us at the moment of death? There may be no good in what happened. Just maybe there is good in something that may happen as a result. Is it possible for us as individuals and as a group to begin to look for the good?
Inviting you to consider looking for the good in both endings and beginnings as winter turns to spring,