Remember Japan


The Loss.  The Devastation. Terror and uncertainty fill the hearts of it’s people as they wait for the next disaster. There isn’t enough food or water. Electricity is down. Nuclear meltdown is a real possibility. I cannot even fathom this scene. It’s terrifying to think of. We can’t possibly comprehend the emotion that one must feel as a survivor in Japan.  And yet here we are struggling to understand.  Worlds away we struggle to make sense of everything that has happened.

We want to understand.  We want to help but for us it’s a headline, not an experience.  The images come across our computer screen or flashes on our television.  We see glimpses of horror that we can escape if we choose to. We can change the channel when it gets to be too much. The people of Japan cannot.  They cannot change what is happening.

When things like this occur and we think we cannot help, we must remember what we can do. We can pray.  We must pray for the people of Japan.   If we are able to provide resources through the Red Cross or World Vision or PWS&D to help, that would be useful too. No gift is too little.

Japan can’t face this tragedy alone. It’s our world. We need to help. We must remember our neighbors who need us.

Jian Ghomeshi of Q on the CBC said it best I think yesterday morning. If you have a moment listen to his essay, “Maybe this is no longer just about Japan”. It has a great perspective.

If you would like to contribute to the relief projects for Japan PWS&DWorld Vision and The Red Cross are three of the wonderful organizations working towards making a difference.


A Journey Through Lent: Day 7


6 responses to “Remember Japan

  1. Beautifully said, Becky.

  2. I can’t even fathom what the people of Japan are experiencing. Truth is, I don’t want to be able to fathom it. It’s just too awful. I’ve been praying for Japan. It’s hard to know what to even pray. Thank you for the links you shared.

    • I totally agree, it is hard to know what to pray. It seems so big, so out of control and it’s hard to know what the people need most. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now.

  3. The world seems so broken right now. I’ve been writing prayers of intercession for Sunday worship and keep striking the refrain: we remember the people of Japan, we remember the people of Libya, we remember the people of New Zealand, we remember the people of …
    This lent, human suffering seems so loud.

    • The suffering echoes this year. It’s so massive. It’s so extreme. All I can do it seems is cling to hope. As I listen to the miracles that have come from this I have hope. The story of a 4 month old who was rescued from the Tsunami wreckage. The story of a man who walked for 20 hours to find his girlfriend in another village. The stories of men and women in their 70’s and 80’s who survived in spite of everything. These people, these small stories help me find glimpses of hope in this dark time. God is present with us in this disaster. God lives in our suffering and suffers with us. I’m grateful for a God who cares.

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