When school was open, she was there for a couple of hours every weekday morning and then again in the afternoon. Rain, shine, or snow, she was on the corner making sure the children crossed the street safely.
She made life and death decisions for our kids, and that makes her a hero in my book. Some of our heroes are those who’ve demonstrated astonishing bravery in the face of adversity. You know the ones who are braving the world these days.
But the world is full of unlikely heroes—people like you and me—who step in to help in situations that might otherwise overwhelm someone.
The young woman in the grocery store who shops for her elderly neighbor. The friends who take dinner to the family of a newborn. Take some time this month to notice the heroic deeds of those around you, and while you’re at it, notice your own. Each time we’re able to lift the burden from another’s shoulders we’re doing the work that God asks of us. Be sure to thank those who are helping others. Perhaps today is a good day for me to thank that grocery store worker or the nurse who valiantly takes care of the Covid-19 patient.
This message was adapted from “What Makes a Hero” by Debra K. Farrington that appeared in the May 2009 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.