I just commented on Tara's blog, and it got me thinking a bit. What has happened in Haiti has pulled on the hearts of billions of people around the world. Many of us feel helpless because we cannot physically go to help (although many can, and are going!). I think that God's heart is breaking for the people of Haiti, but He is using this to wake up the world to what is happening in some of the poorest countries. I'm frustrated, because why should it take a disaster like this for many of us in the wealthiest countries to stand up and take action? Shouldn't we be generous in sending aid BEFORE a disaster happens, so that if it does happen, a country can be better prepared? There is so much talk about "global community" these days...but do we really act like a community would? I am willing to go down the street and bring food to a struggling neighbour...but am I willing to bring food to my brothers and sisters half way around the world who struggle just to buy a handful of rice? There are so many things that vie for our dollars and time. Am I making the best use of both MY dollars and my time? To balance this out, I have had to remind myself that at this moment, although I am not able to go assist, I must commend and support those who have dropped everything to go, or are in the process of going over the next week. And I need to remember that although I cannot be there, God is. And I can't say that there is nothing I can do. I can pray.
Visit my friend Grace's blog to read about opportunites to give to relief work in Haiti as well as ways that you can pray.