I am so saddened by the news that comes out of Haiti. Whether it’s about the poverty of the nation, the horrors of the aftermath of the earthquake, or the images and stories of the dead, dying, or barely surviving, I cannot watch the devastation of that nation without a profound sadness settling over me.
There is no way to understand why this happened and yet we will all search for the answers. There have always been natural disasters on the earth that affected widespread groups of humanity. And, because of this I know that there will always be more. For those that are gone, I believe they are safely and beautifully in the arms of God. Their journey in this world has ended only to begin their eternal communion with their Creator.
What does that leave for us? It leaves the opportunity to make an impact for those that remain. Our world’s attention is drawn to this nation in a way that is opposite of how we so effectively ignored it before. We as a collective humanity can pour out our attention, our compassion, our assistance and our inborn generosity to actually change and rebuild the poorest country in our hemisphere. We can, if only we will, change the future of this nation for good in a way that we have never been willing to do before.
My wish is that humanity will reach out to other dire nations in the world like Haiti in times before natural destruction and not just after them. I am watching and hoping that we all do what we can – whether it’s money, goods, services, prayers, teaching, healing, etc. We are facing a chance to be a part of the rescuing and rebuilding of a neighbor. May God assist us in our work and may we succeed in using our gifts to make a difference, this time and the next.