Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tsunami of Life

Yesterday morning, having spent the night at a friend's house, I had the "opportunity" to watch TV. (I haven't had TV in my home for a couple years now.) She switched on the TV and tuned in to the weather channel, saying, "I like to get the forecast first thing in the morning so I know what to wear."

Sipping coffee, all this horrible news of the massive earthquake in Japan shocked my groggy mind into alertness.
photo taken from police helicopter
The earthquake is bad enough, but add to it the tsunami and you have an immeasurable  disaster.  And, I got to thinking that's what life is like.  A person might do something - an act good or evil - and everything around him reacts.  Should that action be momentous enough, major shifts occur, resulting in changes that can never be erased or forgotten.

If you are "of a certain age", you remember exactly where you were when you got the news that JFK had been assassinated.  Ditto the horrific Twin Towers incident.  And so on, and so on, and so on.  Yesterday was one of those dates to many, many people.

Unkind words spoken - or kind ones left unsaid.  Betrayal of trust.  Selfish acts and attitudes. Life's little tremors, which- left unchecked- become quakes, then tsunamis.

1 Hear my prayer, LORD; let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me;  when I call, answer me quickly.
 3 For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.
4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.
5 In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.
6 I am like a desert owl,  like an owl among the ruins.

7 I lie awake; I have become  like a bird alone on a roof.
8 All day long my enemies taunt me;  those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
9 For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath,  for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;  I wither away like grass.

 12 But you, LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations.
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her;  the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;  her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;  he will not despise their plea.
Psalm 102:1-17 NIV
Shalom  Y'all-

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