Saturday, January 16, 2010

ponderings of the week past


We paid a visit to our neighbor (pictured above) this morning. Apples in hand. We had a nice visit. Such peace across the road from us, horse and cows grazing, birds flitting in and out of the shrubs and trees on the fence row.

But my mind is never far from the devastation in Haiti.

Here are some of my thoughts and prayers:

Praying for wisdom and safety for the searchers. How does one go about deciding where to search? The news this morning said that people can still be heard calling for help beneath the rubble. Who do you help first? These are definitely life and death situations.

For the medical community assembling - wisdom and stamina as they treat scores - hundreds of injuries. Amputations occurring outside of the sterile environment of a hospital - pain relievers and bandages are lacking - antibiotics are in short supply. The pain and suffering is unfathomable - I pray that they will be able to attend to each patient individually and not as the next victim on an assembly line of carnage.

For the relief workers - again wisdom and stamina and organization as they disperse meager supplies to a desperate people.

For the news media - that they will balance our 'need' to know with the life and death needs of the Haitian people. I had been thinking this recently and just heard Scott Simon echo my thoughts. When a reporter interviews a doctor or an aide worker or flies in and lands on the precious real estate that is the Haitian airport, I fear they may be interfering with the more necessary work. Not that they shouldn't be there - informing the rest of the world of the tragedy will result in more aide pouring in...but just praying for wisdom there.

Most of all for the Haitian people. Comfort for those who have lost loved ones, healing for the injured. Many are left widowed, or childless or orphaned. May God bring the comfort that only He can give.

And if you will permit me a minor rant. I pray that this tragedy will help us to focus on those things that are truly important.

If you live in Tennessee,' big' news broke here the night of the quake. The coach of the UT football team resigned after only one year. (I was very disappointed that our local news spent 9 minutes on Lane Kiffin's resignation on Wednesday and 3 minutes on the earthquake in Haiti).For the privilege of resigning he has to pay UT $800,000 to 1,000,000. I found out that the former coach who had been asked to leave is being paid millions as a buy-out of his contract.

Add to that all of the bonus money paid to 'fat cat bankers' (not my words...).

This money could make a huge difference in the relief effort to Haiti. We live in a very broken world. However....

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart!
I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

We are not without hope.

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