Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami

I was discussing the Tsunami crisis with a co-worker and at one point she made the comment “ I know that good comes out of bad things, but it is hard to think what good can come from this.”
I began to think about that the following day and along these lines I began to consider what good can come first, from our family.
My son Matt is there with a job of photographing the good work of the aid workers and I know helping in any way he can. That began the process of thinking what can we under my roof do.
I began by thinking that my Grand-daughters should be aware of the crisis and can help out by prayer and giving in addition to sharing the world’s grief. We watched the news together and it brought up questions which we discussed.
We researched which charity has low administrative costs to give our share too.

As Christians, and not just Christians, we all support the hope of unity in the world and talk of how we care about others. This is our opportunity to demonstrate that concern and support the relief effort in all the ways we are able.
I’m optimistic that even in the midst of this horrid tragedy, countless thousands will shelter themselves, nourish themselves, drink pure water, have their wounds attended to by a world that supports and sympathizes with them, regardless of their race or belief system.

The earthquake was huge and it sent water flooding over land,..... but for a day.
As I watch and listen to the world’s response I think we will see a quake far greater in a flood of giving, caring, praying, that will flood the land with a far greater swell and far longer flood.
As parents take this time to teach their children to share in giving and as people from all countries send their gifts, prayers and sympathies, the brotherhood of man may be bound tighter than ever before. In a time when rivalry and differences among countries, parties and race seem to divide, I think the earthquake of care reverberating across the world may be the greatest memory.

3 comments:

fcb4 said...

Love your enemies...I think this is a time to show the Muslim world that we are not at war with Islam. That we can weep with those who weep and share the joy of those who can find it in these times. I feel proud to be a part of a nation such as ours, even though it is flawed as well.

Maybe one of the things that will come out of this tragedy will be something similar to the story Matt posted about the men on both sides of the WW1 conflict, singing carols on Christmas eve and than not being able to kill eachother...we can dream right?

mat said...

As far as the Muslims in Aceh, they are grateful. And they aren't anti-American. They understand people care, and they know the Americans were the first ones to put food in their hands. I urge you not to listen to the extremists, I can tell you the people who were given food and shelter, they understand. I don't think we should expect any wounds to be healed in the middle-east because of what we do in Indo or elsewhere, the pyscho extremist would be hard pressed to care about the people of Aceh. We are doing what is right there, and it will be forgotten by some, but not by those who received it, and that's what matters.

One Muslim told me that Muslim's have a saying: "You can eat with a Jew, but you can sleep with a Christian." Meaning they share beliefs about food, but that Christians are trustworthy. I guess this is a common belief in Islam and one that the extremists even grew up with. I held the hand of a Muslim woman who was searching for her family, what she wanted was someone to trust...

fcb4 said...

Matt,
Those are really good thoughts, thanks for posting them bro.