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Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake & Tsunami Wave in Japan...The World Mourns

Sorrow in Japan...this Lent

As the season of Lent dwells upon us, we are saddened to hear of the largest earthquake and massive tsunami hitting the Pacific Coast of Japan.

The nation that was to be the most prepared and equiped to face such disasters, was suddenly struck with the 7th most powerful earthquake in the world – destruction, chaos, panic, innocent lives lost, homes destroyed, lives torn apart in a heart beat...

Times of disasters are extremely trying for us all. “Lord, have mercy!” Have compassion on your people in Japan as they respond to this sudden tragedy.

Heal the hearts of those who are angered to have lost their loved ones and help them go through this painful ordeal.  May God’s abundant blessings and mercy descend upon His people during this very trying time and bring about goodness we often fail to see.

May the souls of the departed find eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them.

As much as we would like to ponder, we will never understand the root of such evil events in this world.  What we know is that God is love.  Therefore, we trust that God does not punish His people with natural disasters. 

Somehow, we doubt and cannot seem to reconcile a loving God with such natural tragedy.

We will never be able to understand the sorrow and mourning of the people in Japan at this moment but we can only pray that God will grant them a new beginning, a new life this Lent.

May the healing and comforting presence of our grieving God be with all the victims in Japan and across the Pacific basin.

We are reminded that life is truly fragile…

"For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand."
(Psalm 94:7, Douay-Rheims)
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
(Deutronomy 31:6, NIV)

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