No one should know the pain of a missing child. The unknown is an inferno #Dante could never have imagined.
The disappearance of Jesse Galganov, 23, leaves us floundering for answers. We wish we could do more to ease the suffering of Jesse's parents, @alisamontreal and @toddgalganov, of his sister and other loved ones.
To call this a nightmare would fail to grasp the impossible reality of waking up everyday in a world where Jesse is lost.
As we pray for his safe return, many people, most of whom are strangers, have come together as One.
Across the world, transcending faith, we have joined hands. Denominations and differences dissolve when a child is missing. We are not #Jewish, #Christian, #Muslim, #Hindu, #Buddhist or #Sikh.
We are human beings, tied in a geography of interconnection. Baking bread, making signs, singing, weeping, dreaming, searching, always hoping. We are people who love –– our own flesh and blood and the soul of the stranger.
We are stronger when we yearn for miracles together.
To that end, #RiseForJesse has mobilized 105,453 people in over 55 cities since the beginning of January 2018.
Something inside me knows Jesse is aware of our collective efforts. The power of prayer is enough to move mountains.
Through your generosity, The Empathy Effect, mostly through $20 gifts, is donating almost $10,000 to Jesse's Fund at The Missing Children’s Network.
We believe there are no limits to the human heart.
Some events are so inexplicable that answers are impossible. In the abyss, there are only questions. But we #RiseForJesse.
Our instinct is to gather whatever optimism we can find. To take the shards and make a spark. Our power is to harness the light to keep searching.
To float instead of sink, to ignite thousands of sparks across the world that come together so brilliantly that G-d will not be able to avert his eyes from the empathy.
Please contemplate this flame, an offering from @ritatesolin, which symbolizes tens of thousands of sparks we witnessed around the world through #RiseForJesse.
Every act of empathy is like a jewel for Jesse; each lighting a way for him to find his path home.