Thursday, January 14, 2010


I am not a news watcher. Unless you count entertainment news, and I don't. I'd rather have music on in our house during the day than the television so I miss a lot of what is going on in the world. If I were being honest, I would say that part of this is done on purpose. I don't know what to do with bad news. I think having Lauren has made bad news even harder to take. I imagine the pain of mothers and fathers. I see innocent and helpless little children hurting, starving. It's so much.

Today my heart is heavy for Haiti. I am burdened for the tiny children who have lost their parents. I am burdened for parents who have lost their children. I am overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of lives lost and destruction done. It seems that anything I could do would never be enough. I will give my seemingly small and insignificant offering and trust it is in the hands of "him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20).

I want to leave you with some of the lyrics to a song by Sara Groves. I am sure this was written in reflection over her time and work in Rwanda, but I felt it appropriate here.

Sara Groves: Like a Lake

so much hurt and preservation
like a tendril round my soul
so much painful information
no clear way on how to hold it

when everything in me is tightening
curling in around this ache
I will lay my heart wide open
like the surface of a lake
wide open like a lake

standing at this waters edge
looking in at God's own heart
I've no idea where to begin
to swallow up the way things are

everything in me is drawing in
closing in around this pain
I will lay my heart wide open
like the surface of a lake
wide open like a lake

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