What can we do when natural disaster strikes?
Written by Wally Amos
I was traveling this weekend, when the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck. It affected me the way it has affected many throughout the world. Disbelief. Sadness. A profound feeling of helplessness. Those of you who know me, know that I have a deep belief in God. And so it is natural for me to turn to God in a time of great tragedy.
A number of public figures have expressed their opinions about God’s place in this disaster. Some have said that it either means God doesn’t exist or is punishing us. I’m not sure why people feel the need to place blame. I certainly don’t pretend to have the answers; I only know what feels right in my gut. I am turning to prayer, which offers hope in a time of despair, comfort in times of calamity and peace in times of distress.
I’m praying for miracles. I’m praying for those who are experiencing the desperation of searching for loved ones. I’m praying that God will provide peace and comfort to the families who are grieving. I’m praying that the orphaned children and bereaved parents find the strength to overcome this extreme hardship. I am praying for the vanished villages and the horrific uncertainty of possible radiation. I’m praying that God will give strength to the aid workers and medical personnel. I’m praying for the resolve of governments and those with power to help to get involved. I’m praying that through the generosity of the privileged, the destitute might glimpse hope, warmth and live again.
I’m not sure who originally said it, but I once read that as a human race we are all connected. When one is hurt, we all hurt. Let’s all see just how powerful prayer really is. Have faith and trust in something greater than yourself, whatever you wish to call it.