Monday, December 27, 2004

How to express it?

I am overwhelmed with the scope of grief and suffering as a result of the earthquake and tsunamis. How can we cope with such pain? The stories that are coming out of there are tragic and terrible. I am most affected by the pain of the parents who have lost their children - some even watched them get swallowed up by the water. It is utterly horrifying and I hope I never have to experience the aching sadness these parents will feel lifelong. My prayers are for their comfort – that the God of all comfort will truly make himself known to them. That they will know and understand that even in this terrible tragedy, He is there and can be their all in all. It seems trite in some ways to say these things, and I might feel that way were I in the place of the grieving parent, but perhaps not. Perhaps I would cling to the knowledge that,
“…though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride, the Lord is with us the God of Jacob is our stronghold.”
(Part of Psalm 46)
I hope I would cling to that. May His tender care be their comfort.
In His grip,

1 comment:

Donna Boucher said...

We have been sheltered in our lifetime from great suffering. To lose a child is so horrible yet so many families endured this in the past...it was almost common. I am thankful it is not common anymore.
Those poor, poor people.