Our Gospel reading, for today, John 11, is about Jesus with his friends Mary and Martha and his friend Lazarus. I am very thankful for this reminder of God's love for each, and all, of us in the wake of what has been happening way to often AND as we start into Lent. I have asked people to ADD prayer, and time in God's Word, for Lent instead of "giving something up" - which can be scary. Then the news reports, media coverage, and comments on social media -- all causing reactions of various kinds. So, yes(!), I am thankful for this reminder of God's presence with us through the pain, confusion and discomfort of trying new things. I am thankful of/for the shortest verse (I know quite a few who like to quote this verse because it is the shortest verse!), verse 35, "Jesus wept."
I am also thankful to KNOW God is with the people suffering, the people trying so hard to help and with us. I think this is something we can all be sharing - how we, individually, know God is with us. We can share it with family, and friends, as Paul says in Romans "in our everyday world." (Romans 12: 1 & 2) We can offer God's Love, and compassion, maybe (wow! what a concept!) on the various media outlets we use. We can be in prayer.
Something to be thinking about as we continue to be hearing (over and over again!) what has happened, see families that are hurting, AND start into Lent. Yes, a different way of responding - maybe even a "new" way - but God IS with us even in the "new" things!