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?


Anonymous said...

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

kimmy said...

I will join you.