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.
A Journey Through Lent: Day 7