The Kindness Of A Stranger *Open Thread*


I admit, I had something else rumbling around in my head for a post. And then during  a report about yet another ambush of police officers, this time in Iowa, I saw the video below.

In case you haven’t heard, these two officers were ambushed by Scott Michael Greene, a white middle aged man, in Urbandale, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. He has been arrested now, thank heavens, but not before changing the lives of the families of the officers, the Police Department, and the citizens there.

It was the response of one such citizen to which we now turn as captured on this video which just blew me away:

If you missed it, this young woman told the officer this is what she does in times like this: she feeds people, and she wanted to make sure he and the others were hydrating and eating. She said she didn’t know what else to do than that. The officer asked her for prayers, a request she quickly agreed to fulfill.

What a moment that was. That moment  when this young woman decided to reach out to this officer. She didn’t know  the whole thing would be filmed. She just wanted to do something, anything, to let this officer know that the people  whom he swore to protect were with him, with his department. That they were there for him, for them.

This moved me on such a deep level, one that surprised me. I could barely even think about it without starting to cry. No, weep – that is a more appropriate.

As I have continued to reflect upon this, and why it impacted me so much, one thing struck me: this is who we are. This is who Americans are. We comfort. We nurture. We pray. This is who we have always been, a people who come together when times are hard, or when terrible tragedies hit. We don’t care about skin color or politics. We are just there for each other., like this young woman who took it upon herself to comfort, to nurture, and to promise to pray, for this police officer and the others in his department devastated by this horrible attack on two of their own.

Have we forgotten this? That this is who we are? Not that people don’t reach out when there has been some big catastrophe, or that we don’t send money to help out. We definitely do that, and people often comment on how Americans are generous people.

But I mean for someone who is willing to just walk up to another human being, and reach out to them to let them know they are loved when they know they are hurting. That’s what I mean.

For a stranger to show that kindness, that generosity of spirit, that generosity of the heart, THAT is what has defined us as Americans.

We need to get back to this kind of behavior, this best selves of Americans. We need to stop allowing politicians, of ALL people, to divide us. I mean, c’mon – most politicians are not the best of people on a GOOD day – just look at the two nominees for President. Am I right? Yeah.So why the HELL are we allowing people like that to divide us, to pit us against each other? Why do we enthusiastically cheer on people who talk smack about others, casting aspersions left and right with no basis in fact?

Why do we not expect people to act their best, to BE their best, to be AMERICANS and all the good that should mean? Why is it that when a young woman reaches out to an officer in her community with love and kindness, it MAKES THE NEWS?? Doesn’t that say something? I mean, good on this young woman. She clearly was reared correctly. Her kind, loving heart are truly a gift to behold, without a doubt. I hope she knows what her good deed today did not just for that police officer, but for people all over. What an amazing young woman she is…

But that used to be the norm for us, not the exception. Maybe I am too jaded from focusing on politics so much, but judging from the way people talk to each other at online sites, even moderate ones, even ones that are supposed to be non-partisan, I don’t think so.The vitriol, the vehemence, the degrading, demeaning language people direct at total strangers, is appalling. Never mind people who have ended friendships out of their allegiance to a POLITICIAN. Wow.

I admit, I could be wrong. I hope I am wrong. I hope  that there are millions of people out there like this young woman, and the police officer. I hope that maybe more acts of true kindness like this one will move people to stop seeing their fellow citizens as the enemy. That would be a start…

Before I close, I want to share my deepest sympathies with the Urbandale Police Department over the senseless loss of two of their finest. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen, and with the Department.

If you are so inclined, you can make a donation to the Des Moines Police Officers Credit Union to help the families of these two fallen officers (h/t Steve Deace).

I offer this piece for them and hope it  brings a small measure of comfort at this difficult time:


This is an Open Thread…


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29 Responses to “The Kindness Of A Stranger *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thank you for bringing this woman’s act of kindness and decency to our attention. It is so easy in these horrible times to think everything that was good about our country is gone because of people like Clinton and Trump, BLM and Trumpanzees.

    The good decent people are out there. They are just mostly doing the same thing good, decent Americans have always done. God Bless Them For That.

    How sad it is that a simple act of kindness, a quintessential act of decency brings us to tears.

    Great post Rev – we need reminding that good still exists amidst all the bad lest we forget who we are, where we came from and where we want to go.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, Marge. This young woman’s response was so powerful, so spontaneous, so loving, and so generous. What a witness this was to the goodness of people.

      And you are right – sadly, we do still need reminders that good exists in the world. The debacle that is the 2016 campaign, with people defending Trump’s character, relating him to having the characteristics of GOD, while attacking his opponent for HER character flaws, is just too much most days.

      I think that is why this hit me so hard – seeing the selfless love and compassion from this women to this officer in these days of constant anger, assault, and attack. Her action are a blessing and reminder, much needed in these difficult times…

      • mcnorman Says:

        It is a powerful message that we are each others keeper. We must never lose that thought otherwise we become lost. I’ve seen this happen more and more often during these difficult times that we live in which gives me hope that we can sustain anything when we understand that we are never alone.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It gives me hope, too, mcnorman. The actions of this young woman are a salve to the soul…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      How spot on is THIS cartoon?? Cannot wait until next Wednesday to have this whole thing over and done with already…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I was just listening to the Steve Deace podcast from last night and so agreed with him when he said he just wants it to be over. Then at least we will only have to deal with one of these vile creatures being in the news constantly.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          YES – I agreed with him, too. I am so sick of all of this. And like he said the day before, we are screwed either way, just in different ways. Neither one is better than the other.


  3. helenk3 Says:

    The television audience for Wednesday’s World Series Game 7 was nearly 40 million, making it the most-watched Series game in 25 years – Ad Week

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They were waiting to see the miracle of the Chicago Cubs winning a world series after so many years. And they saw.

      I am happy for the people of Chicago. They have so many problems that this one thing to make them happy has to seem terrific.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It was a fun series – even if my Yanks weren’t in it! But yeah both teams have had quite the drought in World Series titles, that’s for sure. I’d say finally winning a title after 108 years is something abt which to cheer loud and long!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Refugees are getting Obamacare subsidies while YOUR premiums skyrocket

    On top of the countless other concerns that come with refugees (assimilation, terrorism, taxpayer dollars, etc.), did you know that these refugees are also eligible for Obamacare? Well, they are. You don’t need to be a citizen to be eligible to buy Obamacare through a marketplace exchange or to receive tax credits and subsidies. Rather, you just need to be “lawfully present.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I’m sorry, WHAT???? This is why we are paying a freakin’ arm and a leg for diminished care and higher deductibles/out of pocket expenses?? Are you KIDDING me with this??

      Honestly, I am so frustrated abt this whole thing – that the Reps have done NOTHING abt it, that we are going to get a President who will do NOTHING abt it, and that we will be stuck with this catastrophe or WORSE.


  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jonah Goldberg:Team Clinton Has a Laughable Double Standard on Protocol

    Comey’s regrettable decision is much easier to understand once you realize it is one small piece of the larger puzzle. He made a bad choice — though probably the least bad choice of those available to him — precisely because all of the relevant actors in this sordid mess have been breaking protocol for years.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I just read a Guardian piece abt how the FBI is “Trumpland,” which is why they forced this whole thing:

      I am so naive and old-fashioned. I remember when these agencies were supposed to be non-partisan.

      But what else the article said, to Goldberg’s point, is that Comey made his initial declaration because – wait for it – he didn’t want to impact the ELECTION. But somehow, 11 DAYS ahead of it isn’t affecting it??

      As always, Goldberg makes excellent points, and there is no denying the hypocrisy with the Clintons and Dems, but Comey is right in there on that front…

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

  8. helenk3 Says:

    just for fun

  9. helenk3 Says:

    mu daughter posted this on facebook. It is a perfect story for this post. What a wonderful man this guy is

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a fantastic story, Helen! How wonderful! What a thoughtful young man, and what a MIRACLE that he was a match! Wow!! Thank you so much for this and for the BBC article on the Cubbies.

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This i just precious, and a much needed respite:

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is just too rich – Melania will take on cyber bullies if First Lady. Wow. Just wow:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Well she won’t have to go far to find one will she? Her crusade can start at home.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        No kidding. Wow. Either she was being ironic, or hypocritical. Oh, I guess she could have just been incredibly ignorant, too. Regardless, it is jut laughable.

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