Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I can't imagine

I've tried, but I can't.  I can't imagine what it must be like.  I watch the news reports and see the faces of the people, but I can't put myself in their place.  I can't imagine how it would feel to see your home swept out to sea.  I can't imagine what it would be like to wander around searching for your family.  I can't imagine being trapped in rubble.  I can't imagine going to the grocery store and not finding any groceries.  I can't imagine being cold, hungry, and helpless.  I can't imagine trying to sleep in a shelter with hundreds of other people.  I can't imagine surviving an earthquake, a tsunami, and then having to worry about a nuclear explosion.
I crawl into my warm soft bed and think about people sleeping on the cold floor.  I open my pantry full of food and think about people standing in line to buy...anything.  I get in my car and think about the piles and piles of battered cars.  I look at my husband and I see a man on his bicycle riding around showing people a picture of his wife and asking if they've seen her.
Mourn with those who mourn. (Hebrews 12:15)
 "Identification with others in their sorrows is a Christian's privilege and responsibility."  
I can't physically touch the hurting people in Japan, but I can pray.  I can pray for the rescue workers to have strength and endurance as they face an overwhelming task.  I can pray that God would lead rescuers to any survivors who are still waiting to be found.  I can pray for families to be reunited.  I can pray for the missionaries there to know what to do when there is so much to do.  I can pray that the Japanese will lean on the Rock that cannot be shaken.
Will you join me?

2 comments:

Caroline said...

Oh yes, Marlo...joining you in prayer...your words are my heartfelt thoughts. Bless you and yours.
Caroline

kimmy said...

I will join you.