This was in Monday’s paper, the day after that horrendous synagogue incident in Texas: I posted it on Keith’s site at https://musingsofanoldfart.wordpress.com and he suggested I post it here – (thank you, Keith).
Faith in action: Colleyville churches, other heroes rise in synagogue hostage crisis
If works flow from faith, this is what it looks like.
In particular, a neighboring church whose only involvement was the accident of proximity swung into action.
Good Shepherd Catholic Community opened its doors to many needing help during the standoff, as the Star-Telegram’s Domingo Ramirez Jr. reported Sunday. Most importantly, it provided a nearby haven for the hostages’ families, a relatively quiet space where they could wait out what must have been the most terrifying day of their lives.
The church community responded with food, and Good Shepherd even opened its doors to reporters covering the standoff for hours in the cold. Trust us, that’s not always the reaction media members receive.
Local Muslim leaders were among those who swiftly condemned the attack. Jawaid Alam, president of the Islamic Center of Southlake, said that Congregation Beth Israel’s Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, one of the hostages, has been a friend to North Texas Muslims.
Colleyville police Chief Michael Miller said Saturday night that his community provided generous support, sending food for officers, messages of support and prayers.
“There’s lots of hope in how the community came together,” Miller said. “I received calls from my colleagues across the nation. … This community, other churches, have all reached out. Food has been brought. Our people have been cared for.”
Many of our institutions, public and private, have let us down in recent years. The resulting distrust in government, churches and business are contributing to a crisis of community. The pandemic reinforces loneliness and isolation. There are real challenges in law enforcement, too.
But Saturday’s response on all fronts shows the best of us. Let it be a reminder of what we can accomplish together if we try harder to follow the most important message all our faiths send us: Love one another.