Coco Calling No.154 - The Force of Goodness Inside Us All
Last Saturday, my owner went to a friend’s funeral. And funerals are occasions that can cause all kinds of different emotions to swirl around inside those attending. They are not easy occasions to deal with, even when everyone is certain that the deceased person has gone to Heaven. But there was something very special about this particular service because everyone rallied around. Close friends took the service, did the readings and gave the prayers. But perhaps the most wonderful gesture of all involved the young friends of eleven year old George who was there, laying his dad to rest. They’d all been invited to attend the service, but they took it upon themselves to wait together at the entrance of the church in a spontaneous act of solidarity with George. They wanted him to know that they were all there for him together. And my owner left the service and reception feeling that he’d witnessed something very special.
When he got home, he thought he’d sit down quietly with me and watch a football match on the television. Denmark verses Finland. And of course, we then watched in horror as one of the Danish players -Christian Eriksen – suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch and had to be resuscitated. While Eriksen’s life hung in the balance, the Danish players took it upon themselves to form a human shield around him to provide some privacy and dignity. Meanwhile, the Captain and goalkeeper went straight over to comfort the stricken player’s wife. And for a good ten minutes, we graphically saw how strong, hardened players were clasping their hands together in prayer, asking God to save their team-mate. Players that might not have thought much about God beforehand or had the opportunity in their lives to become regular churchgoers. But here they were publicly praying to God while thousands of fans looked on. And mercifully, it seems as though their prayers were answered.
These two episodes last Saturday show that during a time of crisis, humanity can be not only good, but it can be completely wonderful. Humans are a crazy mixed up bunch; it’s all too easy to focus upon what’s wrong with human beings. Last Saturday afternoon, my owner witnessed everything that’s right with humanity. The goodness that’s locked away deep within, and the reason why God persists with His love and forgiveness towards everyone, even when so many humans believe they don’t deserve it. Humanity has so much potential to do good things in this world. So often, we only hear about the bad. My blog today is all about the good!
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” (Albert Pike: 1809-1891: American author, poet, lawyer and jurist.)
“Bear one another’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2a).
“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbour.” (1 Corinthians 10:24).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).