Friday, 11 March 2011

Earthquake in Japan

Sitting watching the news this evening, we are awestruck at the power of the natural disaster unfolding in Japan. It's obvious the earthquake around Sendai will have far reaching consequences that are unpredictable at this point in time. What an extraordinary day, as earthquake has been followed by tsunami and after shock - many of which are of the magnitude of sizeable earthquakes, themselves. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and Indonesia and all who live around the Pacific basin. It is impossible to begin to imagine what they are experiencing tonight. 

It's early to know how best to respond, but advice tonight from the various relief agencies seems to be, give through a reputable charity you know and you are sure is working in the area.

Lord, we cry out to you for the people of Japan.
As earth trembles and waves roar,
We look on and pray silently.
For the drowned, the lost, the bewildered,
For those alone and terrified, buried and hopeless,
For all who search the rubble or offer shelter,
For those tonight sharing what they have with strangers,
For all desperately seeking loved ones,
We ask your presence through the mystery of Christ
Who stilled the waves and harrowed hell,
Who suffered death and brought peace
Only through the path of suffering.

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