I learned of a story of a high school girl who was brutally bullied by her classmates. The kids taunted her, some of them even thowing garbage at her. Her mother was deeply concerned and asked a boy in her daughter's class to try to find out who was instigating the bullying. This fine young man decided that he could do much more.
A football player, he asked his teammates to help stop the bullying. They invited the girl to sit with them at lunch time, spent time talking with her, and gave her the kind of attention she had never before received. Later, the boys said that the girl gave them much more than they had ever given her. What humility they showed.
Joy for today: remembering the compassion of these fine young men.