NEW YORK -- Two young brothers swept from the arms of their mother by the violent sea at the height of Superstorm Sandy were found dead in a marsh Thursday, a tragic exclamation mark on an epic storm.
The boys, 2-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Connor Moore, were ripped from the arms of their mother, Glenda Moore, as she tried to shield them from the rising waters.
Ms. Moore fought wind, rain and water currents as she banged on doors in the largely evacuated neighborhood begging for help to find her boys. Allegedly, her pleas were ignored by those few residents who remained behind.
Exhausted and exasperated, she clung to a toppled tree on the front porch of an abandoned home and rode out the storm through the night. In wasn't until 7 a.m. the next morning that she was able to flag down a passing rescue vehicle. By then, it was too late. Both boys perished.
Stories like this one do indeed put "a tragic exclamation mark" on the already harsh realities of life. The death of these two young boys is made so much more tragic by the fact that there were pleas for help that went unanswered. Not only should these deaths have been prevented, this incident involved a responsibility that should have been taken. When we turn away and harden our heart to our brother in need, we are turning away and hardening our heart to the Lord Himself.
"…Share your food with the hungry and … provide the poor wanderer with shelter--when you see the naked, … clothe him, and do not to turn away" (Isaiah 58:7). "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'" (Matthew 25:35-40).