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Haiti hurls from one end of my mind to the other. Tuesday’s cataclysmic earthquake has shaken not only hundreds of miles of earth, it has rattled me good and, as we witness on the news, it has rocked the world’s psyche. The planet is stunned, shocked, sickened, yet not without hope for we’re all scrambling like the dickens to get in there to help. As the headlines read, the devastation is complete. Port-au-Prince is flattened like a house of cards that has hit the deck. The stench and sight of decaying bodies is ever present. Instant orphans’ “Papa!”, “Maman!” echo in the streets. Survivors strive to survive as disease, dehydration and anarchy promise to pounce.
Logistically, aid arrival and distribution is a nightmare. Nothing is easy, nothing is clear. Yet, we show up and pluck one Haitian at a time from the gnarly fingers of death. We fight for the living, we fight for life. Death has done enough…”ENOUGH!” we cry.
Dear God, please have mercy. Please provide necessities, console the inconsolable, protect the vulnerable, heal the broken, feed the hungry. Plant seeds of hope in the hearts of the despairing and rebuild not only cityscapes, but innerscapes. Send Your warring angels to battle demons of dissension, despair, disorder and deception. I dare you to be a miracle maker in Haiti this day, this week, this year. You are God! You know why You allowed this to happen–make good on that reason! Show up and use hearts and minds at Your disposal to nourish bodies, souls and spirits. Without You Haiti is lost…without You we’re all lost. Please help us find You in this mess! Amen.