Newspapers, internet and TV news are all filled with terrifying and nail-biting stories — reports that often fuel fear and lead many of us to question the very state of our collective humanity.
But, as we prove each and every day here at Faithwire, there are also plenty of positive and uplifting happenings regularly unfolding across America and all over the world.
One tiny example comes from the Killeen Daily News, a newspaper in Killeen, Texas. A reader named Randy Tobin wrote a letter to the editor on Sunday in an effort to express thanks to a good Samaritan who recently helped him after he fell outside of church and couldn’t get up.
“I would like to thank the good Samaritan who stopped to help Sunday,” Tobin wrote in his Dec. 3 letter. “As I was getting out of my car in front of Kempner Methodist Church, I stepped wrong with my walker and fell and only having one leg it is a bit of a challenge to get back up.”
The mystery man apparently pulled over and joined another church member in helping get Tobin back up and onto his feet.
Tobin didn’t get the man’s name, but he was so moved that he decided to write to the paper to once again express his gratitude.
It’s moments like this that are important to highlight. That stranger could have ignored Tobin’s fall and continued driving, intent on reaching his destination.
But, instead, he made a concerted effort to stop, get out of the car and help a man he didn’t know.
Perhaps each of us can think of ways that we can do something similar this Christmas season, especially when we see someone in need of a hand up. It’s a simple, yet inspiring gesture — one that holds quite a bit of spiritual sway. And Tobin’s heartfelt thank you is also pretty heartwarming.