In the last week in Haiti, there have been 4 incidents of horrific violence that have impacted friends of mine. While they are physically unharmed, they have lost friends and they have seen and felt things that are so big and so ugly that it is truly heartbreaking.
You can read her recounting of one of the stories at http://www.haitifoundationagainstpoverty.blogspot.com/2014/05/we-cannot-unsee.html. Warning – make sure you read her disclaimer at the top of the post.
Two other of my friends are currently in Haiti. They are training mental health professionals (Haitians) on the impacts of trauma on children and the long term destruction (her word, not mine, but I agree) of the lives of children and its impact on the future of Haiti. Sobering to say the least, heart wrenching to more accurately describe it.
You can read her “Short Sermon” at http://sahzu.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/a-short-sermon/.
So, if you read both of those posts, you’ll know a good part of the reason that I was up until after 1:00 this morning. Heavy, heavy stuff.
This morning, as I’m driving back from bringing my daughter to school, this phrase from “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss popped into my mind:
“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”
― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat
No, I’m not suggesting giving up. God doesn’t give up on us, so we don’t give up on fellow man, especially on the vulnerable women and children who are the ones most in need (Read Gary Haugen’s The Locust Effect – it will scare you).
Instead, I’m suggesting, proposing that we take an additional approach to fighting this battle.
Continue with the physical aid that is being offered to those who are in need of help. But ramp it up on the spiritual side.
Acknowledge more openly that we are fighting the devil and fight back with a concerted effort at more and more focused prayer on behalf of those who are being impacted by poverty, by disease, by violence and by the devil’s efforts to make it harder for the good to triumph in this world.
What is this prayer effort going to look like? Frankly, I don’t know.
I just know that God says that He will win the war but He wants us to be his prayer warriors.
If you have ideas or want to be part of whatever “it” might be, leave a note in the comments or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This mess is so big that we can’t pick it up all by our selves.
But I know someone who can and will. The question is when and how.