I know I’m behind the curve on this one. By now, so many people have written about the disaster that is Haiti right now. I’m reminded of the Asian tsunami in 2004 and, to some extent, Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There are many wonderful agencies who are working to serve the people of Haiti. I haven’t decided which route I’m going to take in supporting relief efforts, but it’s nice to have a choice.
This was a terrible disaster, and my heart breaks for all those involved – both the residents of Haiti and their worried loved ones around the globe. One bright light in this dark valley is the outpouring of compassion from people all over. Not only in my small church praying for all involved – and looking for the best way to support efforts – but also around the interwebs. Everywhere you look people are offering information on how to get involved, and are sharing their shock, hurt, worries with one another.
Sometimes the internet can feel so impersonal, and then something like this happens and you realize that it’s possible for it to become a community; a family that looks out for each other and cares about one another.
If you are so inclined – would you please join me in praying for both the people of Haiti as well as their worried loved ones around the globe? My prayer is for safety and for healing of their bodies and their hearts. That this would be an opportunity for people to join together in a spirit of unity and compassion. That God would surround them with a sense of His peace and the presence of His love. The enemy would like nothing more than to bring division, fear, hatred and jealousy to that nation. My fervent prayer is that his plans to do harm would come to nought.
And please, if you have the means, get involved in the healing process.
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15-17