Despair: A mother held her 11-month-old baby in one arm and gripped the trunks of a tree with another.  But her grip wasn’t tight enough to hold on to her daughter’s tiny hands then the child was swept out to sea.  Another man held his toddler with all his strength, wrapping his arms around the boy.  But even his strongest grip couldn’t hold his son as the water pounded him against trees…


 


Hope: A 20-day-old baby girl was napping when the tsunami hit, and when the mother swam to the room where the infant had been sleeping, she was floating safely on top of the mattress in over five feet of water.


Hard to Get: Rich Mullins


You who live in heaven
Hear the prayers of those of us who live on earth
Who are afraid of being left by those we love
And who get hardened by the hurt
Do you remember when You lived down here where we all scrape
To find the faith to ask for daily bread
Did You forget about us after You had flown away
Well I memorized every word You said
Still I’m so scared, I’m holding my breath
While You’re up there just playing hard to get
You who live in radiance
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
We have a love that’s not as patient as Yours was
Still we do love now and then
Did You ever know loneliness
Did You ever know need
Do You remember just how long a night can get?
When You were barely holding on
And Your friends fall asleep
And don’t see the blood that’s running in Your sweat
Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You’re up there just playing hard to get?
And I know you bore our sorrows
And I know you feel our pain
And I know it woul
d not hurt any less
Even if it could be explained
And I know that I am only lashing out
At the One who loves me most
And after I figured this, somehow
All I really need to know
Is if You who live in eternity
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in time
We can’t see what’s ahead
And we can not get free of what we’ve left behind
I’m reeling from these voices that keep screaming in my ears
All the words of shame and doubt, blame and regret
I can’t see how You’re leading me unless You’ve led me here
Where I’m lost enough to let myself be led
And so You’ve been here all along I guess
It’s just Your ways and You are just plain hard to get


 


… Will those who mourn be left uncomforted while You’re up there just playing hard to get?…. And I know it would not hurt any less even if it could be explained…


 


77,000 dead….and counting

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One response to “

  • JKLB85

    it’s now at 117,000 people. let us pray for those who have to deal with the after affects face to face. Hope you are doing well and you’re enjoying the holiday season! many blessings..

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