As life would have it, I came across this article about a new book by Anne Lamott just as this piece was finished. The book, Almost Everything - Notes on Hope grabbed my attention, along with this opening line from the article and her prelude: "In general, it doesn’t feel like the light is making a lot of progress."
And that is kind of how the world feels this morning after a horrific shooting in a Pittsburgh synagog and bombs delivered through the mail last week. Yet there is a glimmer...in the voices raised to comfort families of the fallen, in those speaking out against bigotry, hatred and violence. There is a glimmer of light in people reaching out to each other.
Lamott says: "...we see that our beauty is being destroyed, crushed by greed and cruel stupidity. And we also see love and tender hearts carry the day. Fear, against all odds, leads to community, to bravery and right action, and these give us hope."
To love and tender hearts, dear reader. They are our hope and our heroes - the glimmer in the dark. On this Monday, let's look toward the light and bring it home.