Eyes and Hearts toward Haiti

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

A sudden shock or loss takes our collective breaths away. We fall, we hurt, we cry, we are numb. And it seems that nothing we do could make the situation better. Whether you believe in a higher power–science, nature, a spirit, God, or many gods–there is something greater that possibly sustains us through the difficult times.

Looking at the pictures streaming out of Haiti, the massive loss–loss of lives, loss of buildings and other structures, loss of normalcy–Haiti, who was already struggling without this crisis, is struggling to recover what little it possibly can following an earthquake on Tuesday. Jeffrey Kluger of Time Magazine asks whether this earthquake could have been predicted. Kluger continues “If any earthquake ought to have been predictable, it was the one that just struck. Haiti sits over two clashing tectonic plates, the North American and the Caribbean, which form what’s known as the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault. Geologists know the fault well and have studied it for decades, and well they should: it has shaken the region violently and repeatedly over history, though yesterday’s quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, is the worst in a century.”

Mary Beth Sheridan and Debbi Wilgoren of the Washington Post reported of the sights and scenes from their entrance into the devasted country: “Although the Port-au-Prince International Airport was functioning and flights carrying rescue crews and supplies were beginning to arrive, there was little sign of relief in city neighborhoods as Haitians struggled to find survivors in collapsed buildings.”

What keeps coming to my mind is a gospel song by Whitney Houston Hold on Help is on the Way. I am all but convinced that help is on the way, whether this help is of the higher calling or from the international community, help is a four-letter word with significant meaning and is one step to getting Haiti back to some form of normalcy.


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