My thoughts are actually focused on all the provinces in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last week.
- There are so many corpses to recover and bury.
- There is so much debris that need to be cleared.
- There are so many houses, buildings, roads, and other infrastructure to be rebuilt.
- There is so much aid to be collected, sorted and distributed.
- There are so many people needing healing, comfort, strength and hope.
The amount of work is so overwhelming that no matter how much one does in one day, it may not seem to make a difference. I could understand if government agencies, the Red Cross, relief agencies and churches who are all trying to help would feel that they are trying “to empty the Pacific Ocean with a spoon.” Yet, they press on. May the Lord enable them to provide adequate and timely help to all those affected–one life at a time.
I encourage those who are mobilizing resources, locally and globally, to help those in need. I commend those who voluntarily go to the devastated areas to provide whatever services may be needed. I thank the thousands, if not millions of people, all over the world who have offered prayers on behalf of our suffering nation.
Yes, there is so much work to do but each act and word of kindness matters. Please continue to do so. May such kindness overwhelm all the need and grief and pain that envelop the Filipino nation at this time. Your kindness fulfills the expectations of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
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