When I was a little girl, I attended my first major Broadway musical and spent the following few weeks memorizing every word to every song. I’ve never stopped singing those songs and enjoyed watching Rebecca and then Katie play roles in school and community productions of the same play. As a child, I’m not sure I realized how many lessons I was learning from the little orphan girl who took in a stray dog and softened the heart of a grouchy, old millionaire, but I have always remembered and adhered to her words “the sun will come out tomorrow.”
As I watched the morning news on Saturday, I saw updates on the terror attacks in Mali, new terror threats to Brussels, and sparring politicians across this great nation. But here is the thing that struck me the most – the people of Paris gathered in the streets this past weekend for a public street party to show the world that they will not stay home, that life goes on. Almost fifteen years after 9/11, we can all attest to that. Things change, people are lost, the world is shaken, but the sun still rises, and human beings continue living, striving for the best, reaching for the stars, and living the good life as best they can.
For every eight people who leave this world, there are nineteen babies born.
There are approximately 13,000 terror attacks somewhere in the world each year, but 2.3 million weddings per year take place in the US alone.
Somewhere in the world today, a child is having a birthday party,
a school is welcoming grandparents,
multi-generational families are giving thanks,
a group of friends are worshiping together,
a family is taking home a new pet,
a farmer is tending to his field,
and a concert is being attended.
People are still climbing to new heights,
steering toward the goals,
breaking new strides,
and celebrating their achievements.
And every single night, we go to bed with the knowledge that no matter what happens in the world, the sun will come up tomorrow.