I should have posted the 9:29 AM content here earlier today. (I did on another blog) Instead I posted an insensitive piece (due to it's timing) on working at home. It shows how we can compartmentalize tragedy and trivia.
That said, I've also added this link for some sobering pictures of Haiti. Caution: Some are not suitable for young children.
Forgive my insensitivity, shallowness, and hard heart, Lord. Bring my heart back in sync with Yours, Father. Thank you, Jesus.
I want to give you an update today for several reasons.
First, Josh continues to improve. Steve's quickie update is below and on CaringBridge.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Dazed and injured Haitians sat on darkened streets pleading for help Wednesday and untold numbers were trapped in tons of rubble brought down by the strongest earthquake to hit this poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years.
Destroyed communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon's 7.0-magnitude tremor — or to estimate the number of dead lying among thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital of about 2 million people.
God has something to say here too. One thing that comes to mind is:
1Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." - Luke 13:1-5
When tragedies occur it's not because God has lost control. God already has and will continue to work in and through this tragedy. He'll also work through the tragedy of 5,500 children dying each day from preventable water born illnesses. I could go on. The point is not to despair--but to remember. Remember that God's passion is to reconcile people to Himself. And He'll do just about anything to accomplish that. The cross proves that.
"But God demonstrates His love in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Paul, Romans 5:8
So, if we have to deal with tragedies--as a victim or relief worker or pray-er or giver--let us not forget that it's not a senseless tragedy. God promises to redeem it for His glory.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who are called according to His purpose." -Paul, Romans 8:28
That's true for the Haitians. That's true for whatever you're going through too, if you are in Christ.
So will you join Him? Pray and then prepare to be the answer to your own prayers. It may be in the form of stroking a check or it may be through a conversation you have with a co-worker today. Resolve to make yourself available and get ready for God to work in and through you.
Thanks for your prayers for Josh. I still can't comprehend the dramatic progress he is experiencing. I can't wait to see how this story plays out.
Keep on shining! We shine better together,
(from Steve Dean)
Just a quick update. He has had several doctors giving verbal questions and Josh was able to answer each of them fairly accurately. As less and less drugs are being administered we are able to see how Josh reacts to many different stimuli. Some reactions are good...some not so good. But thats OK as we know this will be a marathon.
Many of you have asked to what address to send cards and letters. I have that now. You can use the following:
Casualty Affairs Office
Building 10, 2003
Naval Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20889
Attn: Joshua Dean
Will update again soon.