Yesterday, I saw greatness personified. Oh, it was not just one person. There were many. The Chapel at Crosspoint hosted a fundraising event yesterday. I saw thousands of people from all over the region support a young boy and his family. Ben Sauer goes to my church. He is four years old and has glioblastoma multiforme. He has cancerouns brain tumors and was sent home by doctors after treatment and surgery. They said that there is nothing more that they can do. It is in God’s hands. So, I saw greatness. It was not on a ball field, at a rink or on a court. It was not on stage or on the silver screen. These were every day folks giving what they could. So often I have linked greatness with individual accomplishment. I got it wrong. Greatness is about community.
Buffalo showed its greatness to me. I had been skeptical and that was my fault. The “City of Good Neighbors” probably got that moniker for a reason. This is what it’s really about. It is about every business that contributed goods and services for auctions. It it about every citizen who put together gift baskets. It is about the fire department that showed up en force to support the event. There were literally thousands of giving people. I loved it.
In the former Soviet Union, they designated many cities as “Hero Cities.” These were cities that fought valiantly against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. I can think of a few “Hero Cities” in our nation and Buffalo is one of them. This community redefined greatness for me.