Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hope for Haiti

Dear Haiti,

I will not pretend to have the ability of identifying with the depth of your pain and loss and devastation. You have suffered much, and the suffering persists so fiercely. I do not understand these things; they grieve me and bring tears to my eyes, and yet I am still so removed from your suffering. However, there is One who is not removed from your affliction, not ever; He is intimately acquainted with your grief. Here is what I know to be true, and this I pray over you, Haiti, that you may have hope against all hope:

God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in your trouble. Therefore, you need not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, and though everything around you may be in ruins; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Haiti, there is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High, and this river can flow to you and bring you life, restoration and healing. When God is in the midst of you, you shall not be moved; God shall help you, Haiti, just at the break of dawn; He always comes through. Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; he burns the chariot in the fire. He is all powerful, and He is mighty to save. Be still, and know that He is God; He will be exalted among the nations, He will be exalted in your nation, He will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with you; The God of Jacob is your refuge. (taken from Psalm 46)

Haiti, you are precious to this God. I pray that you will have hope in the God who hears the cries of the poor, the oppressed, the broken, the wounded, the afflicted, the fatherless, the widow, the homeless, the hungry, the dying. Your voices do not go unheard, no matter if all the rest of the world cannot hear your cries at all times. No matter if the world's resources fall short or fail you. He hears, and He cares, and He breaks into your despair to bring hope.

humbly and prayerfully,


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