Psalm 31: 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
It is hard to watch the overwhelming devastation, need and destruction that plagues the people of Haiti. It is easy to feel helpless, impotent, and overwhelmed. what can I possibly do to make any difference? It would seem like a drop in a bucket, one with a huge hole in the bottom.
Having lived through Katrina, I know that feeling. Anyone who has survived any natural disaster, be it a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood knows that feeling. It is like applying a band-aid to a gaping, gushing wound. There is so much to do, too much for it to be humanly possible. That’s the key.
What can you do? Give financially what you can. But Pray- fervently. Pray for God to provide hands that can reach out when you cannot. Pray for miracles. Pray for ways that His goodness can shine through the darkness. Pray for the rescue workers to have the stamina to keep on going, and to see that they are making a difference. Our Lord turned a meager lunch into a banquet for thousands, healed the lame and the blind, raised the dead. He still does. What’s more, He comforts the mourners, heals the injured in spirit and body, give hope to the hopeless. Missionaries confess over and over that miracles are not passe. They do occur when the Divine breaks through the barriers of human suffering.
It will take months and years to help restore some sense of normalcy to Haiti. Keep the people, the missionaries, the rescue workers, the soldiers and the victims in prayer. Long after the media has stopped reporting and has moved the world’s attention to the next fresh newsworthy thing, we Christians can continue the vigil. Through prayer, we can bring Christ’s comfort to a hurting world.