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Ruined Lives

Ruined lives and families.
Ruined homes and hotels.
Ruined villages and villagers.
Ruined ships and boats.
Ruined vans and vehicles.
Ruined trees and gardens.
Ruined beaches and shores.
Ruined hopes and dreams.
Ruined thoughts and feelings.

I do not attempt to write another story about the tragedy of the Indonesian earthquake and the Asian Tsunami. There are enormous and continual coverage in the newspapers and the news. This catastrophe was massive, and its damages were great!

How should one respond to this tragedy? It is appropriate to respond by contributing our money and resources to aid the relief efforts. But more important than our physical actions, God is looking at our spiritual responses:

  • Are our hearts distant from the hurting people?
  • Can we feel the pains that they are going through?
  • Do we mourn for the loss of lives, families and homes?
  • Have we buried our hearts in the gigantic piles of news and newspapers?
  • Have we muted our emotions?
  • Did we pray?
  • Did we intercede, and stand in the gap between the living and the dead?
  • Can we still worship God?
  • Are we doubting God's mercy and love in this tragic moment in time?

Life is precious and very fragile. Without any warnings, thousands of people on the shores of South East Asia were washed and wiped away by the tsunami. They were not prepared for the killer waves. Neither are we. We can never know.

But one thing I am certain: I will continue to live as long as the LORD lends me breath. While I am living, I will continue to love and serve God and my neighbours, knowing Him and making Him known to the peoples of the earth.

I believe what Jesus said in John 10:10: "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

Now is revival time in South East Asia, especially India and Indonesia! The evil one wants to destroy them before God could save them. I believe the waves of God's love will flood these nations, comforting them, feeding them and healing them as they enter the stages of restoration and rebuilding. I also believe God will send forth His people of passion and compassion to bring forth His mercy and relief to these suffering children and peoples. Love never fails. Even in a destructive earthquake and a devastating tsunami.

And remembering an old chorus:

I will serve You because I love You
You have given life to me
I was nothing until You found me
You have given life to me

Heartaches, broken pieces
Ruined lives are why You died on Calvary
Your touch is what I long for
You have given life to me

On a neutral platform, with no strings attached, we can help by serving the hurting nations and peoples at this strategic event in history!

Written on
8 January 2005