Haiti: Six months later

12 July 2010

It’s been six months since Haiti was shaken by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. 220,000 people died. 300,000 were injured. The rubble of schools, businesses and homes remains as the Haitian people try to rebuild. Maybe you can go to Haiti, give money, tell others that the Haitian people still need our help.

I had the opportunity to teach Haitian Lament yesterday, and it was well received. I still need to record it, but I’m planning to do that soon.

Haitian Lament

O God, do not abandon your children.
Remember us in our affliction.
Turn your face to us.
We are tired and worn down.
Turn your face to us.
We are at the end of hope.

How long, O Lord, will you forget us?
How long will you leave us like this?
We are made in your image.
Your breath breathes within us.
We are crushed into dust.
Move yourself to rescue us.

O God, do not abandon your children.
O God, do not abandon your children.
In the midst of this darkness,
we will wait for the daylight.
In the depth of our suffering,
We will hope in you yet.

© 2010 David Peck and G.L. Baldman Media. All rights reserved.

Haiti is off the news cycle, but on this six month anniversary it’s likely to get some air time. Let’s make the most of it. Haiti still needs our help. God, do not abandon your people, and don’t let your people abandon each other.

Check out Voices of Haiti: A Daily Photo Essay by Jeremy Cowart which benefits A Home in Haiti.

Education is a huge need in Haiti. Relevant Magazine is partnering with Convoy of Hope to build schools. The great thing about their plan is that it will employ Haitians to do the work.

It’s so easy to see the scope of need and think “what can one person do,” but the simple answer is “something.” Maybe you can’t solve all of Haiti’s problems, but you can do one thing that helps. Pray for Haiti. Support a group working to help Haiti. Go to Haiti to help. Do what you can.

Thanks for the soapbox. Grace and peace for the journey.

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The Tears of the Father

4 July 2010

From Henri J.M. Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey:

The father in the story of the prodigal son suffered much. He saw his younger son leave, knowing the disappointments, rejections and abuses facing him. He saw his older son become angry and bitter, and was unable to offer him affection and support. A large part of the father’s life has been waiting. He could not force his younger son to come home or his older son to let go of his resentments. Only they themselves could take the initiative to return.

During these long years of waiting the father cried many tears and died many deaths. He was emptied out by suffering. But that emptiness had created a place of welcome for his sons when the time of their return came. We are called to become like that father.

For more from Henri J.M. Nouwen, visit HenriNouwen.org.