If there is a mission statement for Buttercupland it is to be upbeat and try to find all that is positive in the world. I work at this and many more times than not, the mood here is upbeat, grateful and happy. But there are times the real world comes rushing in and my thoughts are far from upbeat and happy. Tonight is one of those times.
In New York -- and in many other places -- our thoughts and prayers are with the family of eight year old Leiby Kletzky. Walking home from day camp on Monday he was kidnapped and brutally murdered. This tragedy is the headline of every newspaper and the lead for every newscast. It is also personal as I work with a group in the neighborhood that was an integral part of the search for Leiby earlier this week. The neighborhood is bright and bustling. Streets are busy and there are mothers and children everywhere. It feels so safe.
I have no words of wisdom of my own. None. I can only offer my tears and prayers for Leiby's family and community, and a few words from one of my favorite Psalms.
"May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!"