Brad Pitt stated in an article in the Kansas City Star on June 5, 2011 that he had spent much of his childhood in Joplin, Missouri. He went on to say that he knew the people to be hardworking, humble and especially resilient. Angelina Jolie added that their hearts went out to the families in Joplin who lost so much.
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation contributed $500,000 to help the rebuilding efforts in Joplin. This donation was sent to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and will benefit the Joplin Recovery Fund.
This wonderfully benevolent donation is just one example of the goodness of people and the spirit of love that is still in the midst of us all. Sometimes we feel that love is having to work hard on the back stretch to win over the evil in the world. And while that is generally true, the point is that love is not dead in America.
Don’t be looking under the rocks for it though. Love has a way of shining through the cracks in the walls that don’t hold the heat in the winter or the pantries that hold little to no food. Love expands, magnifies and multiplies. Remember the tired and hungry police officer from Kansas City who took her rescue dog down to Joplin and a lady brought a much appreciated pile of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the volunteers and families? That deed of love was no less important and expanded to include the veterinarian who refused payment for the officer’s rescue dog who had been injured in the searching. And on and on it goes. Love is as catching as a cold at a day care center.
The weather related tragedies all around the world have been heart wrenching. Many Christians feel that we are now in the end-times and we need to get prepared for even tougher times ahead. The skeptic is looking for answers to the problem and finds them in the goodness of people all around the world. People who are preparing with food storage – not to hoard, but to help others when the need arises. People who are teaching others about God and His goodness. People who are giving of their time as well as other resources. People who have lots of love in their hearts and act on those feelings. LOVE is the answer.
LOVE gives us strength to move mountains and lift up others. LOVE keeps us from walking in darkness. There are stories all over Kansas City about the sparks of love that are growing into fires of God’s light. God bless all those who are experiencing such hard times and God bless all those who have put their love into action.