By David Coy
Menachem Mendel Schneerson said, “If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.” These wise words needed to be said and should be taken to heart in a world that is increasingly broken. During these very traumatic times, we now find ourselves living at a time when the percentage of people who are hurting is dramatically on the rise. They may be in need of repair because they lost a loved one through death. Or perhaps they have gone through a divorce, or maybe they are struggling with cancer, or they do not have a father in their life. There may be a multitude of other reasons that we are unaware. What we can and should be aware of is they are in need of hope and someone to walk with them and in some cases to guide them out of the fog or tunnel they perceive themselves to be in. Other people may not realize that they are broken because they are following and walking down the wrong path influenced by other people with dishonest motives (Proverbs 1:10,11,15,16)
There is a principle Tikkun olum, which suggests that we are to help repair the world as we see the need and have the opportunity and the means to repair. I am suggesting we can achieve this with one another in supporting each other in our time of need (sorrow, struggle, tribulation, etc.). We can learn a lot by helping others and also minimize our own sorrow or tribulation. Be a support to someone and join us in support group.
This is Sunrise Aftercare, firstname.lastname@example.org.