Got Compassion?

Today I was saddened to hear of the UPS aircraft that crashed in Alabama this morning. As I was reading the article in the Huffington Post, I was shocked at the comments readers had left.

“Will I get my package from Amazon?”

“So what happens if my package is damaged?”

” Are you kidding me? I have been waiting for a package from Groupon for 4 days and now I bet it will take even longer”.

These are just some of the comments that were left. Seriously??????????? It is unconfirmed, but both the pilot and co-pilot were killed in this crash, and we are concerned over where our packages are????? What has happened to our society? When did we become so needy, greedy and self absorbed that a package, a material thing was more significant than human life? Two people lost their lives in a horrific way, and our concern is on something we ordered and will be delayed due to their death. Wow. Just wow.

I spend my days working with the elderly who are approaching death with every passing day. Death is one thing that will happen to every single person on the face of this earth, regardless of our current age. Just as my residents slip quietly away at the age of 95, we mourn their passing;saddened by our loss and we mourn them. We reach out to the family, expressing our condolences and deepest sympathy for their loss. We show compassion. Compassion is a simple thing to offer when you are compassionate, but not so much when one is self absorbed, vain and self gratifying.

I personally don’t care where any of the packages are or when anyone will get their precious “buy-it-now”,” as- seen- on-tv” gizmo or gadget. What was lost today was human life. Assuming both pilots were men, somewhere in the world wives are grieving for their husbands who got up this morning and went to work, just like you and I have done. They expected their husbands to come home tonight, just as you and I commute back home this afternoon. Kids have lost their fathers. They will not have their dad at soccer practice on Tuesday, a little girl will not have her first father-daughter dance, a family pet will sit tonight at the door waiting for his owner to come home.  

I hope those who expressed their concerns about their lost packages will make good use of the material, replaceable item inside that cardboard box when if does arrive. 

You know what? These two men are not replaceable. Those families that are in mourning right now don’t give a rat’s rip about your little brown box. You know why?Because they are about to go on a very unpleasant shopping spree…at the funeral home and pick out a “box” that holds more value than anything that was aboard that aircraft.

Long after you have discarded whatever came in your precious, but delayed package, those families will still be missing their loved one that lost his life getting your package to you.

Shame on us all for becoming a greedy, needy and self centered nation that values material things more than human life.

Ponder this thought:

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 King James Version


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