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Sunday, March 20, 2011

when waters roar

Did I ever tell you that Mr. Décor was stationed in Japan? I must have. We watch the news until our hearts break and there are no tears left. My Mom’s friend Sue is a nurse with the American Red Cross. She goes wherever disaster is. The Red Cross is now in Japan.

Even after giving I still feel overwhelmed. I imagine this is due to feeling helpless. But then I think about this passage…

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)

…so I pray. For all the children. God’s children.

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Lord, send the people of Japan Your strength in whatever form they need.

Laura

28 comments :

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Laura,
My heart too is breaking for the people of Japan. What has happened to them is one of the most devastating things I have ever seen. It makes one think that one's life can be changed in a second. It also made me look into my own area's evacuation plan since i live 20 miles away from a Nuclear Power Plant ( I posted about this last Wednesday).
The people of Japan are in my thoughts and in my prayers!

Hugs,
Debbie

Christy said...

That photo breaks my heart! Sending love and prayers to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Amen and amen!
Yvonne

Debby said...

AMEN

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Oh, Amen... Laura. That sweet little girl is breaking my heart. Praying is exactly what we must all do. Thank you for the bible passage, as well.

Amy said...

Beautiful, God's perfect Word. My heart is aching for Japan as well. I just can't stop thinking and praying for the entire country.

Joani said...

Thank U for this. Hugs.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

My heart has been breaking for them... beautiful post Laura! :)

The Paper Princess said...

What a heartbreaking photo and appropriate verse...

You have a really lovely blog, Laura! I'm so glad you visited me so that I had a chance to come explore! I signed up to follow you and really look forward to getting to know you!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Vicki said...

What a great verse to share for this tragedy. What a heartbreaking photo. All we can do is pray...

thecrankyqueen said...

I think the passage that you quoted and the prayer that you said and the picture of the grieving child says it all...Amen...May God wrap his loving arms around all those effected in this horrific tragedy in Japan...Well said my blogger friend...well said. tif

Cindy said...

And AMEN!

Amisha said...

Sending good wishes to all the folks in Japan.

Susan said...

I have not commented a lot about the Japan disaster, because I am so sad. My grandchildren are in Okinawa, so this has touched my heart near and deep. Keep praying that all heal and recover from this horrible disaster.

KaseyQ said...

Thank you for this post. Last Sunday I wrote on my blog (The Beautiful Thrifty Life) about what to do when we feel as though we are helpless in the face of tragedy. God is absolutely our "refuge and strength"!

Marydon said...

G'morn Laura ~ The majority of my clients are from Japan. One is actually in the immediate arena of this mess at Fushimakua ... I wrote all our clients, she is the only one we have not heard from.

My hubby was stationed in Japan for a good while ...

This is so heart breaking to watch unfold ...

Prayers continue to lift for all our fellow people & their country.

Happy Spring ~
TTFN ~
Hugs of love,
Marydon

PS
Harold has his surgery on Thurs so I definitely cannot come in & surprise you, darn it. Next year ... will miss you, sweet friend. Have a grand time.

Mom in High Heels said...

The scenes are so devastating and heart breaking. My dad was stationed in Yokuska back in the late 60's and is so sad because he has very fond memories of his time there. We have tons and tons of friends who have been stationed there and others who have orders to go, but now don't know what's going to happen. I'm a member of several military family bulletin boards and so many of the spouses have posted information about what's going on over there. Fortunately, the bases are still safe, and many of them are working hard to help the people of Japan.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What an appropriate Bible passage, and a sweet post for the people of Japan. The picture of the little girl breaks my heart!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This has been incredibly sad. Thank you for sharing such an appropriate scripture.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

mypinkprettiesaboutme said...

Thx for sharing. All that really can be said is Amen.

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, I too thought of the time Mr. Decor was stationed in Japan and wondered if that region was near where this devestation has struck.

It doesn't matter where it is in the world, what matters is that there are fellow human beings suffering and we need to help them just as they would help us.

Thanks for helping to keep these people and their lovely country in our thoughts.

Ann

Linda said...

Indeed it is heartbreaking. My heart has been out of the loop of news though this week as we worried through our own health crisis with Sarah, but thank God everything seems to be going okay for her. I'll find out the full results tomorrow afternoon but at least we got the all clear with "NO cancer".

I hate to see children anywhere suffer. :(


Blessings,
Linda

ArsenicandOldLace said...

Laura, I adore your blog. That photo is so heartbreaking. My heart goes out to all those in Japan. I worry about all of them especially the children...just hopin' they are safe with their families and not lost among the mess. I too feel helpless because I can't take care of all of them. That must be the mothering side of me. I pray for the entire country. God is truly their beacon of hope during this dark storm.

Mrs. T.
Acorn Hollow

Liz said...

I can't help but think that when you have been to a place and lived there, you have such a much stronger attachment. I'm sure you can relate to their pain so much more than the rest of us.

The heartbreaking picture says so much. We too, have already donated... but it seems like so little ...

~Liz

Debbie said...

My dad spent a great deal of time in Japan with his business. He loved those people so much and found them to be not only hard working but truly honorable and compassionate people.

I pray that God sends not only His strength but His very presence.

Jillian said...

Laura I so feel your words tonight. I too, dedicated my post to the people of Japan. Praying their strength and confidence is lifted up as the days pass by and tensions start to rise.

Jillian

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Amen.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, my. That photo says so much, about those who survived. All her books and school work ruined. It makes me cry. I feel so bad for our Japanese friends, and am praying for them too.

God bless,

Kathy M.