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Why I Refuse to Give Up

Last week we sent you a thank-you email in honor of Thanksgiving. This week, we mean it even more.

Like many of you, I was on my way home today when I heard about yet another shooting. This time at a center for people with disabilities. Seems it may have been at a holiday party attended by public servants. The story is still unfolding.

Before this news, I had been spending my day like I always do. Talking to people who are trying to change the world, make it a better place. People just like you.

Today, I happened to speak with staffers from an organization that serves victims of child  sexual abuse, a community hospital in my home town of Boulder, an arts organization in Steamboat Springs, an award-winning library in Cheyenne, a Lutheran organization committed to helping kids who are aging out of the foster care system, and more.

That’s what my days are like. That’s why I like my work.

But then I turn on the radio and I hear another horror story.

It is galling, infuriating, that it was just three years ago, almost to the day, that we wrote about our reactions to the Sandy Hook massacre.  For heavens sake, it’s been just two weeks since we wrote about the Paris attack.  And the murders in Colorado Springs were just days ago.  And I am acutely aware that these are just the tip of the iceberg. The list of injustices and violence goes on and on.  When will this end?

Most faith traditions have some maxim against despair. I didn’t understand this concept when I was younger. I thought, “why shouldn’t I feel however the heck I want to feel when bad things happen?”

But, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to understand that to lose hope is to give up on all that is good and beautiful. After all, I’ve seen a lot of good and beautiful things in my life.

The work we do in the nonprofit sector flies in the face of despair. We do not throw up our hands in the face of darkness. Instead, we ACT.

Thank you for your actions. Thank you for your hope. Thank you for not giving in to despair.

And, magically, just as the news was unfolding about today’s shooting, my niece gave birth to twins. Today! My very own great niece and great nephew have arrived.  They are perfect. My parents are great grandparents. My brother is a grandfather. And I am filled with joy.

So, I refuse to give up.  I refuse to believe that darkness could ever outweigh all that is true and good.  There’s simply so much goodness.  I see it every day. 

Please know this.  The Front Range Source team knows you, dear reader, and we know what you do.  We thank you, truly, for carrying the light of hope forward in this crazy world.  It is an honor to work and live and make meaning among people such as you.

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