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Time to React

January 14, 2010

I’m sure the blogosphere is saturated with stuff about Haiti right now. The news outlets certainly are.

It’s been two whole days, which is an eternity online, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to really talk about it much at all. The only words I’ve uttered about it in the presence of another human being have been in the following conversation with Husband:

Him: “Haiti.”
Me: “Ya.”
*pause*
Me: “Biggest catastrophe there in a century, they say.”

That’s it.

‘Cause what do you say? I read one article that quoted a young man who described seeing the head and shoulders of someone above the rubble and assuming he/she was probably dead. What do you say to that?

What do you say to 36 hours wherein no one will even estimate the number of dead and/or wounded ’cause there’s just no way to tell? What do you say to hospitals and relief shelters collapsing on the most hopeless of the hopeless? What do you say when tragedy strikes an already tragic nation?

There’s not much to say. So let’s do something else instead.

  1. Will you pray? Pray for strength on behalf of those clinging to life. Pray for comfort on behalf of those who lost loved ones. Pray grace and mercy and love into the ministers, pastors, evangelists and Christians who are working in Haiti. Pray that this tragedy will do what most tragedies do: push mortality to a place people can’t ignore and open their hearts to Jesus.

  2. Will you adopt a family? It’s on so many of our hearts to help in some material, concrete way and I faltered for a while before I remembered Compassion. You can click here to give $35 that will sustain a family for one week. Finances are tight right now, I know, but not as tight as they are in Haiti.

Leave a comment here and let us know what you’re doing. Praying? Giving? Both? Not to show off, but to encourage the rest of us. I’m going to give $35 right now, and honestly I’m not sure where it’s going to come from. Will you do the same?

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