Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Heart of Haiti

I sat down after work to eat dinner; a plate of smothered chicken with mushrooms, rice and cabbage. Banana pudding for dessert.
I turned on the news.
I stopped eating.

There are no words.

It looks like a bomb went off in Port-au-Prince.
Doctors Without Borders, an organization I greatly admire, was hard hit. One physician reported there are no facilities or supplies left to deal with the massive injuries they are seeing. The doctors who weren't killed in the 7.0 earthquake are putting band aids on dying people.

Please give to the Red Cross or donate blood.
Except for the comfort of p
rayer, that is the most and the least I can do for them.

I have no reason to complain about anything today.


The Mad Penguin said...

"I have no reason to complain about anything today."

I share the same sentiment. It angers me why good, selfless people take the brunt of tragedy but I guess that's how it is fated to be. I pray for them...

Mike Golch said...

Mad Penguin,I have to agree with you.I posted a prayer request on my site.I also posted something that just makes my skin boil.

katherine. said...

I have no reason to complain about anything today....and so very much to be thankful for.

Cogitator said...

Yeah, you can think you're having a bad day on account of snow.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, such a horrendous story.

Mojo said...

AS luck would have it, my regular blood donation appointment is tonight. It was originally scheduled for last Thursday, but I got sick and had to move it.

Perhaps even more horrific than the news itself is what that bane of human decency Pat Robertson had to say on the subject. Apparently he thinks this is the result of the Hatians making a deal with the devil to get rid of the French. And now they're cursed. Not helpful, Pat.

Cogitator said...

I have never heard of Pat Robertson, but let me guess, he (or she) claims to be a christian, right?

storyteller said...

Amen ... there are no words and we must all help in the face of this disaster.
Hugs and blessings,

Dawn (Twisted Sister) said...

It kind of puts everything into perspective doesn't it?
My problems seem so small and insignificant now.

Amity said...

Amen to that last line of yours.

It's so disheartening and so frightening. They are signs that the end is near.

I read your comment on my comment.
Yeah, I am not doing your memes but I wish i'd do them.

I am enjoying your blog Mimi. Now don't u be sad, I did the Dona Nobis Pacem prompt through Amias' acrostic only. I linked it in your blog but when I scrolled down yesterday, I didn't see it. So I linked it again yesterday. Hope you've seen it. We were even given a badge for doing it, of course through Amias.

Have a nice day Mimi...:)

P.S. I will try my best to do your memes soon. I've bookmarked you anyway so it will not be hard for me to follow you.

bazza said...

Doesn't it seem especially cruel, Mimi, that a country which is one of the poorest in the world should have this happen to it?
A report from an American journalist shown on the BBC mentioned among other things that Haiti is "a Democracy"; that remark seemed oddly out of place at the time.
It does seem that the US is now getting things sorted out there by controlling the airfield among other things. It would take a great cynic to suggest that help would have been less forthcoming for a dictatorship.

jennifer said...

Sitting in my home, surrounded by everything that I need and more things that I DON'T need, I am humbled. So many of these people had next to nothing. And then they lost that too.

Prayers for the people of Haiti.

Julie said...

I must share with you....two hours after the initial quake I made a phone call to Time Warner because I needed some help figuring out my dvr and how it works with my new tv.

I was routed to a call center in The Dominican Republic. A fella with a very strong accent answered. He talked way to fast but sounded very nice. And professional. I figured I'd give it whirl instead of asking for someone I could understand easier.

I asked if he could s-l-o-w way down because "I'm kinda slow when it comes to this type of stuff." He giggled ever so slightly and with a quickening voice told me his family is in Haiti.

My heart stopped. And I was worried about TV? He told me that he had been able to call his family...and they were fine but the fella was really worried about any additional after shocks.

We talked for 37 minutes. And not too much about my tv situation either. He knew his family was "in the middle of God's palm" and he knew prayer would help. I told him I was excited to hear him talk this way and that knowing God must offer him great comfort.

The dumb thing about these calls centers is you never can get the same person. And I'll probably never get another 16 year old share with a total stranger the love of God either.

Thanks Mimi for giving me the opportunity to share here.

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