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Haiti in Crisis

May our God strengthen the hands of those who are going to the rescue, and may he lift to himself those who are calling out to him from the rubble.

May the One who from his cross cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” be the eternal hope of those who now cry out for his mercy.

Apart from any physical, spiritual, social, or economic factors that might separate us from this disaster, may we all see the people of Port-au-Prince as brothers and sisters of our humanity. May we see their plight as a picture of our own mortality, our own need of hope beyond all other hopes… and for one another.

The Apostle Paul seems to be an example of those who feel so helpless while seeing the plight of those they dearly love. He said that he could wish that he himself could be separated from Christ for ever if (implied) that could mean the rescue of brothers and sisters “of the flesh” (Romans 9:3).

Except for pointing us to the source and evidence of such love, the Bible gives us no answers for the disaster that will continue to grow and spread in the hours and days ahead. It only gives us a hint of what the destroyer and accuser of our souls would do to turn us away from our God, and what our God allows for purposes that he alone understands.

No mortal knows why God allows such catastrophic disasters to happen to some (individually or collectively) and not to all (Luke 13:1-5). Yet we do know that the One who suffered more than any of us will ever suffer individually or collectively…is, even now, among the dying– calling out to those who are, and are not, crying out for him.

May God have mercy on our desperate brothers and sisters in Haiti. May God have mercy on them, and on us.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Mart has rightly addressed the horror in Haiti, as out of our control and without explanation.

    There is very little I personaly can do to aid in the rescue efforts and humanitarian aid heading to Haiti now. But pray and if I can send money to any mumber of relief agencies.

    Indeed our prayers go out to these desperate and needy brothers and sisters, for a long time.

    Steve

  • Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Isaiah 45:7 (New International Version)

    7 I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the LORD, do all these things.

    Which ever translation you read, and I have just read most to try and understand this verse, it seems God’s hand is in this earthquake in Haiti.
    All things work together for good to them that love God. But that is little comfort for these literally poor people in Port-au-Prince. They have suffered under Pappa Doc. and have next to nothing to live on.
    These disasters happen all over the world, and even to us in the Europe and USA. Let us all be as one and pray with all our hearts for these people.
    Thanks for helping us to focus on this Mart. Even though we may not be able to rush to Haiti and help we can all pray to our Father in heaven.
    Mart, my friend who just came back from Israel and Jordan, said the place is a tinderbox of hatred and tention. I know God will keep you safe, but please take care. Our thoughts and prayers are also with you.

    Bob