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Ultimately Humanity is One

Saturday, March 12, 2011
Many people in Japan are suffering right now...and it breaks my heart. 

The ripple effect of the earthquake, the tsunami and the physical and emotional pain is far-reaching as well.  From Japan to Hawaii to Guam to the coast of California to Central America to places we don't even know about yet, this natural disaster and its ongoing aftermath has reminded us yet again that pain and suffering know nothing about cultural background, ethnicity or religion. 

The President of the United States said it best:  "...[W]hen you see what's happening in Japan, you are reminded that, for all our differences in culture or language or religion, that ultimately humanity is one. And when we face these kinds of natural disasters, whether it's in New Zealand or Haiti or Japan, then you think about your own family, and you think, how would you feel if you lost a loved one, or if your entire life savings were gone because of the devastation?”  [Emphasis added. Source]

My heart aches as I have not forgotten about the earthquake (and its aftermath) in Haiti nor have I forgotten about Argentina, New Zealand, Japan or the U.S. (not to mention world hunger, world water shortages, or world poverty).  But here's what I know for sure:  The heart breaks.  The heart mends.  The heart breaks again.  And then it mends again.  The heart can be big and giving.  But it can also shut down in order to protect itself.  What a big job our hearts have.  Sometimes I wonder how the heart manages with all of the love and heartache us mortals go through during our lifetimes.  But then I remember that above all else, the heart is resilient.

Please join me as I pray for the resiliency of our friends worldwide.  And please remember to have a little big heart. 



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