from Haiti; from Lamentations

Not even his mother's arms could comfort Jules, as he was being sutured for a deep gash without an anesthetic. (Photo frm Ann Curry's Facebook album titled HAITI)

I read this just a few mintues ago on Northland’s blog:

All Disaster Response Team Members Now in Haiti:
“The Situation Is Desperate”

The final members of the disaster response team are on the ground in Haiti. Please pray for the team’s safety, both physically and emotionally. The situation in Haiti is desperate. Even though aid and relief is pouring in, the amount of destruction and death is immeasurable. It is taking a toll on relief workers who have never dealt with this level of disaster, even after responding to the Tsunami and Katrina.

And, having read that simple paragraph, I was drawn to the Word. I started looking for the passage in Isaiah that promises that in the floods and fires, God will be present and not let our head go under. Before I found that, I was moved to a book that is perhaps most appropriate — on dedicated to mourning. This is what I read:

Lamentations 3 (THE MESSAGE)

19 I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.

20 I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.

21 But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:

22 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.

23 They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!

24 I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

25 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.

26 It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.

27 It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.

28 When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.

29 Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.

30 Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.

31 Why? Because the Master won’t ever
walk out and fail to return.

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