Glimpses of Glory

Thanks to so many of you who asked about our safety during the destructive earthquake in New Zealand. As you can read in my previous post, we didn’t feel it. When I last wrote we thought the fatalities and damage would be minimal because of the relatively small magnitude of 6.3, but it turned out to be devastating with over 160 people from all over the world losing their lives and an entire city’s infrastructure reduced to rubble.

Of course now, as painful and real as the Christchurch earthquake was, those reports have been eclipsed by the unimaginable numbers of dead and missing in the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan last week. CNN coverage was incredible as Jim and I actually watched live helicopter shots of vehicles, buildings, roads and people being swept away with little warning. Latest reports say that over 7000 lost their lives and 10,000 are still missing while radiation leaks from several nuclear facilities. Unquestionably, the worst thing I’ve ever seen on TV.

In a blink we went from idyllic surroundings of warm weather and beaches, rest and no worries, to 24 hour coverage of terror. Many times during our vacation we heard Kiwis talk about their paradise, their Eden, their little piece of heaven, and I would agree it is the closest thing to that I’ve ever seen The reality, however, is that this is not heaven yet. it is a world of pain, and the glimpses we have of Glory are just that, glimpses.

So we can sit around the tellie, clucking our tongues and shaking our heads until the next happy thought flies by our window, or we can become glimpses of Glory to all those who hurt right now. A generous check for relief efforts, a caring card to an hurting friend, and for me, my presence at a memorial for a dear young man, my cousin, taken too soon, or so it seems to me.

Published in: on March 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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