"Wondering what life will be may be the single most complicated question we face, and yet the answer can be nothing but simple. It will be what it will be, a sequence of events, an accumulation of hopes, relationships, hard work, and difficulties. There is no figuring out the journey beyond putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward into it, whether or not your steps are sure."
--Mina Parker, in her book "Less is More"
As we've watched the events of the earthquake in Haiti unfold... as we've talked about it, prayed about it, cried over it... I keep thinking, "what will these people do?" New Orleans has still not fully recovered from 2005's Hurricane Katrina - and we have an infrastructure and resources readily available... What does a country like Haiti see as it's future right now?
My guess is, each person who survived is putting one step in front of the other, taking one breath at a time, and deciding in each moment whether to push on... or give up.
The sadness overwhelms me. But so does the hope - the hope of all the people, all over the world, sending prayers, money, supplies, and themselves to reach out the hands of God and care for the people of Haiti.
If you're able, please consider donating to one of the organizations that are already in the midst of the crisis, doing what they can. Here are two that I support:
UMCOR (The United Methodist Council on Relief)
Feed My Starving Children
It's so easy to get caught up in wondering about our own lives, and what will happen next... But when something like the Haiti earthquake happens, it seems silly to worry about it. Life is good here in Minnesota - so what can I do for Haiti?
Things I am thankful for today:
1. Journalists who are bringing the stories of hope from Haiti.
2. Pastor Penny's moving worship service this morning.
5. The United Methodist pastors that gave their lives for the people of Haiti.
6. All the ways people are reaching out to help.
7. The Golden Globes Award show doing their part to help, too.
8. Feeling blessed and safe in my own home.
10. Kisses from the dog. Smiles.