“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
Here is another article from the BBC that illustrates the desperate need and totally inadequate response to this disaster. In comparison to responses to disasters in our own country, our contribution is but a very small drop in the bucket, further illustrating just how highly elevated our standard of living is and just how much it costs to maintain it when others in other countries struggle on with just the bare minimum and very often not even that. I do not mean to ignore the suffering of people in America, but simply ask for help for those in even greater need also. In addition, aid distributed though a Christian organization is a great witness to the Muslim world, which rightly or wrongly feels so often on the wrong end of the stick.
There are links to donate in the article and at the top right of this site.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
I was a big fan of Eden Burning’s first CD, Vinegar and Brown Paper, with its jigs and reels and meaningful reflections on human frailty, God’s faithfulness, poverty, community. I then got Mirth and Matter, which did not seem to do too much for me. Last year I downloaded a best of CD for a small, voluntarydonation..
…which you should do right now if you like Celtic-inflected, thoughtful, Christian folk-pop. Could I have had any more adjectives. Here is the link.
At any rate the CD languished in my car until the last two weeks, since when it has been in almost constant rotation. The two songs speaking most powerfully to me just now have their lyrics reprinted below. The one I am waiting on the good Lord for is here. Brilliant.
This story from the BBC details how the logistics getting aid to the quake zone is worse than last year’s Tsunami. 50,000+ people have died and that total is expected to rise. Moreover, the harsh himalayan winter is on the way.
Please help. Far fewer countries are sending aid to this disaster. In addition to my links at the top of my blog, there are some additional ones in BBC article.