Saturday, January 16, 2010

He's Going to Haiti

We have been troubled here at the Haney Place as much as anyone else by the tragedy unfolding in Haiti.  We were encouraged today to learn that Anthony will be leaving for Haiti imminently, as early as tomorrow, as part of the US Military response.  Our prayers go with him.  We know he goes with God.

News of world events is bleak these days.  There is so much loss, so much suffering.  Wars, and rumors of wars.  Pestilence.  We won't continue.

In these days that try men's souls, let us focus on what is good, what is positive.  We offer two thoughts:

"In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway.  And so it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place:  the opportunity to do good work, to fall in love, to enjoy friends, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby."
     - Alistair Cook

And more importantly, God's word, which seems to be so much more relevant in this day:

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
     - Philippians 4:8

It's not that God is giving us an "out".  It's just that He understands there is just so much pain that the human spirit can handle.  He is encouraging us to concentrate on His creation, His beauty, His love.  If we truly walk with him, even in these days, there can be a perfect peace.  We can be productive, positive, respondent, at any time.  We can be a part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
     Philippians 4:7

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