NBC News journalist and former Today Show host Ann Curry has created a national movement with her "#26Acts of Kindness," which began this week in honor of the children and educators slain at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
The emotional desire to turn a tragedy into a triumph in some way prompted Curry to begin with a call for #20Acts of kindness at first, with participants doing one good deed for every child killed by Adam Lanza on that fateful morning.
One thing led to another and someone said it should be "26Acts of kindness," in order to pay tribute to the memory of the school's personnel that lost their lives on that day too.
And so it was done.
Across the country, people are spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook and other social media platforms in order to get the good cheer growing in the wake of such trauma and tears. But can Curry's desire to see a nation heal by encouraging them to minister to others grow to encompass the spirit of true forgiveness?
Can #26Acts grow to include Adam Lanza's mother Nancy, making it #27Acts?
More importantly, can the true spirit of Christmas prompt a nation to turn Curry's #20Acts into #28Acts, thus including the killer as well as his mother in the benevolent good deed effort?
Committing to doing #26Acts of kindness to others in order to help detract from the devastation wrecked in Newton, Conn. wasn't birthed by Ann Curry of NBC as much as it was birthed from a biblical command to do good to one's enemies, or to repay evil with good.
Adam Lanza murdered 28 people altogether, himself included. That's pretty evil by anyone's standards. Yet the Bible tells Christians to do good to those who do evil to them. And that is even more pronounced at Christmas, the season of "good cheer."
Lanza isn't some crazed killer who murdered those around him and then made sure to turn himself into authorities without getting a scratch from the rampage like many evil killers the nation has seen. This killer didn't spare his own life in the massacre that rocked the nation. So shouldn't he be included among the victims too, as evil claimed his young life as well.
Therefore, if doing good to others is going to help diminish the pain from 20 children being killed (26 including the educators), then shouldn't those who mourn Nancy and Adam Lanza have their pain diminished too? Those people are hurting too, like Ryan Lanza, who was false accused by the public of the crime, and he didn't harm anyone. Where's his #Actofkindness?
(Ryan Lanza Photo Credit: WCBS via CNN)