Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Sometimes it's hard to get involved because if I allow myself to consider the depth and magnitude of an issue I'm afraid I will become too emotionally weary.  I wonder if that is what keeps most of us from helping when we have the means. 

Every morning this week I wake up to the news of Japan.  And each day it gets worse and worse.  I'm not sure if I am just more aware lately, but it seems as though there has been devastation everywhere:  Libya, New Zealand.  I just can't seem to wrap my mind around it all and it seems that I am void of emotion.  But it's that I don't know how to help.  The magnitude of this crisis is just so large.

I pray.  And I pray some more.  And I pray some more.  And I want it all to go away.  And it is easy to question why God allows these awful events.  The suffering, the pain.  It becomes to easy to question his existence and his motives.  But for many that are experiencing the pain and the suffering first hand, the presence of God is their only line of support and encouragement.  And to them, the question of existence and motives isn't a question at all. 

Faith in times like these is all we have to lean on.  Faith in a savior that has redeemed us and made it possible for us to spend eternity in heaven, void of earthquakes and tsunamis and conflict.  Instead full of spirit, worship and peace.

When I think of the disaster I am in agony and it is easier to ignore.  But to help we must open our hearts to allow God to work through us.  I don't know what to do.  So right now I'll just pray.

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