It has been several days since the earthquake/tsunami/atomic energy disaster occurred in Japan. I wrote to a friend, saying that I had no words for that suffering. He wrote back saying "And yes there is truly suffering in the world and the issues in Japan qualify in my mind as tragedy--especially the atomic energy parts."
I was glad to have that small conversation in print. The loss of lives, villages, energy resource and sense of security is so tremendous and so much is being said and will be said and done, that I feel strange not to mention the devastation here but also incapable of saying anything helpful to anyone.
I believe this tragedy is a very tender wound of humankind that God is caring for. May the prayers, gifts, and help given help to heal Japan.
Today my host, my daughter and I stopped at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. This field of shimmering grass caught my eye. Last year's grass shone like gold amid tufts of this spring's green growth -- a beautiful mix and a fit image of my daughter's young life with mine or of the old and new within myself making something beautiful.
I am finding some rest and refreshment in the desert. Here as a guest of my good friend and with my daughter, I am glad to be experiencing new things. Yesterday we drove to Cabot's Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs.
See my guest blog at my daughter's integrative health website Zest for Life Today, March 15, 2011.
Here are a few verses from the fifth chapter of the letter to the Ephesians, in the Bible. I have been fed by many portions of scripture, and this is one.
“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light -- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them . . . but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’”
I am wanting to comment on it, but everything I attempt to say falls away. May Christ shine on you and me.