I woke up this morning to the news that thousands of people died because of an 8.9 earthquake. As I heard the names of places affected, in my mind I checked them off – Phuket and Krabi, my friend Jess spent time there. Tamil Nadu – Eric and the India team spent time there this past summer. This morning the death toll was 3000 and climbing, now I’m hearing 10,000. All this, as Iranians remember 1 year ago when an earthquake killed 30,000+. Church was all nice and Christmasy, but hard to concentrate. “Good Christian Men Rejoice” is a nice hymn, but well, how am I supposed to rejoice? (Also, I’m not a man, that’s a whole nother beef I have with the song). I’m not sure how to pray about these things – Annie Dillard writes much more eloquently than I about death and tragedy. I don’t have the book in front of me right now, but I’m pretty sure that her example is a tidal wave caused by an earthquake in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka some time ago. I know that Christmas is about God moving into our neighborhood… but an ‘act of God?’ (as my insurance company would call it…)
I was praying last night for green pastures and still waters. My heart hurts to think of all the people who got some terribly angry waters today. days like today i need help with faith.