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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Auckland. Where we feel auckward.

It is all coming back to us. The hotel shuttle driver reminded us If you are sitting behind the wheel on the right side of the car and you can see the curb out your side window, there may be a reason that Kiwi is honking at you besides sending you a friendly greeting.

We have in landed in New Zealand after a wonderful 12 hour flight. We had two delicious meals en route, watched a couple of movies and even slept. We could stretch our long legs out because when we checked in at the Vancouver BC airport they gave us the emergency row seats and they were lovely. With about 15 gracious crew to serve us, we felt like we were riding first-class instead of last minute economy!

We just rented a phone, got a sim card for the iPad and checked in at work by email. We are in a hotel in Auckland researching rental cars, brushing teeth, regrouping and planning to drive north tomorrow to stay in Bob and Sue’s beach rental for the next week. Who are Bob and Sue, you ask? Friendly folk with a holiday “bach” who when we asked, “Do you have Wi-Fi? replied “what is a Wi-Fi?” So. It may be a few days until you next hear from us. We are unplugged. :).

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment