I’m crying today…my eyes are unable to contain the tears that form with every image I see of the devastation in Haiti. The terrible moments, preserved forever with just one click of a photographer’s camera, are almost too much for this mommy’s heart to bear. CNN is carrying pretty constant coverage of the relief efforts and I find myself running to the TV every time they begin a new story…hoping against hope that this time there may be some good news…some amazing story of survival or reunion between a mother and her child. The only reunions they discuss, though, seem to be the gut-wrenching tale of the mothers, erupting into screams as they pull their dead children from the aftermath. How could any parent survive this? I really, really, really cannot – wouldn’t be able to – don’t want to even try – to imagine the heartache that is exploding, at this very moment, from this small island nation.
I’m praying today…my lips have been moving at at steady rate as I try to remain faithful in my belief that the requests I’m sending straight to God are answered today…right now. Please Father…the small child I saw today, draped in a dingy white sheet, next to her grieving daddy…please Father, hold her so close upon Your lap, wrap her warmly in Your loving arms. Give her parents, and the many other parents who lost their children to this tragedy, the peace of knowing that, although they can no longer touch the warm cheeks of their babies - no longer kiss the tender lips of their babies - no longer hear the sweet laughter of their babies…that those precious angels are now being held by the One who loves them even more.
I’m hoping today…my mind is racing, in amazement, as I think about the relief workers from all over the world…rushing to the aid of perfect strangers. Many leaving their own families behind, leaving their homes and jobs, their own livelihoods…because other human beings NEED HELP. In this world…where so much ugliness exists…the beauty of humanity can sometimes shine so brightly. All of the times I think God must be crying in Heaven as He witnesses the atrocities caused by His own children…I now think of the satisfied smile that must be on His beautiful face, watching His children…even as He is welcoming several Home.
Now…will you join me as I do my own tiny, tiny part to help with the relief effort? In addition to the most influential way to help…prayer, that is, there is another super easy way to contribute. This is legit, it can be found on the CNN website, and it’s as easy as sending a text message. Now you know that’s something you do at least a hundred times a day anyway. God bless everyone, even if a prayer is all you can afford. These are children who now have no parents, husbands who now have no wives, families who now have no homes, food, or water. Thanks Ya’ll… This is all you have to do:
Text the word “Haiti” to 90999. This is to the American Red Cross and is a $10.00 donation that will be automatically added to your cell phone bill.
Text the word “YELE” to 501501. This is to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti (his homeland) and is a $5.00 donation that will be automatically added to your cell phone bill.