Na´ve but not discouraged: Remember each other during this time of uncertainty and need
This has certainly been a whirlwind year, for Mountain Home citizens and people throughout the country.
Recently, a place that is supposed to be a safe haven - hallowed ground - was marred in bloodshed. Bullets tore through the sanctuary, slaughtering worshippers.
For 26 people, their last day on Earth ended with a rain of bullets. For some, their life barely began when it was brutally taken away from them.
There were 20 other people wounded, and they will always remember the chaos from last Sunday.
The First Baptist Church congregation in Sutherland Springs, TX did nothing to deserve such a terrible death.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the slaughter "the largest mass shooting" in the state's history, one that erased four percent of the town's population.
The gunman has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, according to law enforcement officials. Kelley has a history of abusive behavior which resulted in a court martial, bad conduct discharge from the U.S. Air Force and a rank reduction.
Even though he was unable to obtain a license, Kelley was still able to purchase the Ruger AR-556 rifle allegedly used in the shooting, which never should have happened.
In a time of uncertainty, pain and horror, it is important to remember each other in their time of need. These are not the days to be selfish and toss people aside, these are the days to pick them up after the fall.
Remember those struggling within your community and lend a helping hand whenever possible. Offer to rake leaves or walk their dog, make a meal or take the trash to the curb.
The smallest things can make the biggest difference.