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.
… 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…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… – Hard To Get, Rich Mullins
77,000 dead….and counting
-Thursday, December 30, 2004