Leaving a Ripple

by Melissa Brunner

If your life was a ripple, traveling across the water, how far might it extend?

I thought about that this morning as I saw the vehicles packed along the frontage roads, parking lots and grassy fields around Northland Christian Church Wednesday morning. Did Brenna Morgart have any idea that, at the age of 18, her life would have had that much of an impact? Did she realize each smile, each hello, each kind word, would leave an impression on the recipient? Did she ever think her ability to remain positive in the face of adversity would have those left behind asking, "WWBD - What Would Brenna Do?" when deciding how they will move forward in the face of this tragedy?

It reminds me of that commercial where someone holds the door for a person, then that person helps another pick up their dropped papers, then that person helps the neighbor rake leaves, and so on. We have no idea how those small interactions each day make an impact on those we encounter.

It's evident from the outpouring of love and support we've seen over the past week that Brenna's ripple was more like a wave, reaching beyond the boundaries of the shore. 

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