Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

On Tuesday night, the slightest movement of two plates about 6 miles beneath the earth's surface caused an earthquake that has devastated the island nation of Haiti. Massive loss of life, coupled with the destruction of buildings and infratructure that serve in delivering aid in an already poor country, will make this a disaster one that lingers for years.

Let us stop and pray for the people of Haiti and for the every person who has known loss or grieved in tragedy. May we also pray that we, the Church, would work to redeem this for God's desires. My friend, Teresa, offered the words of Psalm 46. Let's listen,

God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God of angel armies protects us.
(The Message translation)

Questions abound in the wake of any loss or tragedy. In the midst of our questions, let us find comfort in knowing God is fighting for us. The world literally shakes us, and reality can come crashing down at any time. God's armies and God's strength is greater, though. God who made heaven and earth is larger than any earthquake.

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