Tuesday, January 19, 2010

9/11, Haiti, and the Hungry

It was September 11, 2001.  We were at Universit√© Laval getting our new class schedule in order when we heard about the plane crashes.  We came home, turned on the news, and with heavy hearts we watched the terrible images.  And I can't remember a lot more from that day except the overwhelming desire to hug my kids tight.

And here we are again, watching this devastating tragedy in Haiti with plenty of tears and heavy hearts.  And I want to help, And I want to hug my kids tighter. 

And I wonder why it takes events like these to make me realize that time is short and tomorrows are unknown.  I want to keep this.  I never want the routine-ness of each day make me forget that TODAY is the day I have with my family.  TODAY is the day to shower the ones I love with affection.  I may not have tomorrow!

And there is something else I don't want to forget.  Every day masses of people are dying.  Just because I'm not seeing it on the news, doesn't make it not so.  Every day.  And while what is happening in Haiti is beyond heart-wrenching, these same things (hunger, lack of medical care, abandoned children, loss, grief) are happening EVERY day all over the world.  25, 000 people die of hunger EVERY day around the world. 

I watched this video tonight and it just ripped my heart right out.  I think you should watch it too and then share it.  It's not easy to watch, but it's important to do it anyway. 

My prayers tonight are for Haiti, for the hungry, for my heart to break for the things that break God's heart.  And then I think I'll go watch my sleeping kids for a bit and hug them tight!