Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

Like many around the world, my heart absolutely breaks for those in Haiti who are dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake yesterday. The scope of the destruction and suffering is overwhelming. Haiti's history of man-made and natural disasters of course makes the situation even more overwhelming. I cannot imagine the pain and terror of those affected by this earthquake. The pain and terror of the children particularly break my heart.

The people of Haiti are in my family's prayers. We particularly prays for comfort and calm for the victims, and strength and wisdom for those coming to help. Obviously, many around the world are lifting up similar prays for the people of Haiti. And I think more prayers are needed still. Sojourner's daily devotional had a very eloquent prayer this morning:

Lord, our hearts cry out for the people of Haiti: for the millions affected, for lost loved ones, lost homes, and lost livelihoods. Lord, have mercy. Draw us together as your people to help in whatever ways we can, and we ask your grace on the emergency rescue and aid workers. Lord, have mercy. Bring relief, bring restoration, bring rescue. In Jesus' name, amen.

The facilities of the aid organization, Save the Children, were damaged in the earthquake, but the group is trying to respond to the needs of the people in Haiti. Below there is a link with more information.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

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