I don’t know about the rest of you, but my heart is hurting for all the pain and suffering that is going on not only in our country, but around the world.

I realize there have been conflicts and problems since the beginning of time, but maybe because we are more aware of situations now, one becomes more emotionally involved. Anger and hatred seem to be escalating more rapidly these days and the response to situations quite often comes in the form of violence. Rather than coming together and responding with a resolution that solves the problem, people are reacting with devastating consequences.

Hurricanes, floods, winds, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes all leave us in turmoil and the rebuilding of our surroundings. It takes time on the part of the responders to deal with the circumstances and move supplies and equipment to begin the process. It is a matter of priority as to what must be accomplished first. Most of those who come to help work feverously for hours on end, exhausting themselves. I applaud everyone who responds in positive ways whether physically on the scene or by donations and giving. Yet quite often, instead of appreciation for the help, frustration often sets in and anger boils over into conflict. Some are quick to react and criticize. How easy that is to do.

The same holds true when people feel they have been wronged. Instead of having peaceful conversations that result in bringing about change, people head to the streets and destroy the very things that help them to survive. I dare say that every human being at some point and time in their lives has been wronged. Yet not everyone reacts the same. Anger, hatred, selfishness, unforgiveness are all sins that can and should be dealt with.

I love my country. I love my freedoms. I respect our flag. I respect our national anthem. I appreciate all the sacrifices that have been made in order for me to live in the United States of America. Have we done some things wrong? Certainly. Have we done a lot of things right? Certainly. Will we make more mistakes? Certainly. Will we make positive changes? Certainly.

Personally my heart aches for those that are not willing to help make changes in a positive way. Rather than taking matters into our own hands and destroying all we hold dear, let all pray and work together to build up rather than tear down. Let’s forgive, right the wrongs, help to heal the broken hearted, move forward, and make our nation the strongest it has ever been. With God’s help, we can move mountains.

Audrey B. Unruh is a local columnist, who can be reached at zwiebach@charter.net

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