Thursday, January 14, 2010
Relief for Haiti
During my recent trip to California, Arizona and Nevada I made the tongue-in-cheek comment that I would like to experience a small earthquake just to see what it felt like. After seeing the devastation in Haiti, I will not joke about something as potentially serious as this. I was aware of my initial emotional disconnection from this event as I hurried to complete my mundane tasks yesterday. News came in the afternoon about the death of Yvonne Martin, a nurse from our community who died in the earthquake. She arrived in Haiti with a medical team 90 minutes before the quake and perished when their guest house collapsed. I know two of her nieces, and the family as well her church congregation are grieving. I have no patience with those who presume to know that God has judged Haiti with this disaster. It is impossible for us to understand the suffering of the people in this impoverished country but we do have an opportunity to share our abundance with them.