Monday, March 14, 2011

Perspective....

In light of the recent earthquakes and disasters in Japan, my heart has been aching because it feels like there isn't much I can actually do, from over here across the world.  I have been praying for peace in the hearts of those who lost loved ones, praying for the many souls that suddenly entered into eternity, and praying for the future of our (sometimes) fragile feeling world.  Not to mention the estimated 200,000 people who have suddenly found themselves without a home.  (Um...  Kind of puts things in perspective for me, while I swim in the unknown of a 45 day contingency once again, hoping our prospective buyer's home will sell, and we can all move forward again.)

But I want to do more than pray-though that's probably the best thing anyone can do, being that prayer can accomplish everything.  I want my hands in this thing somehow too.  I was really excited to find that a company I love and trust has a place for online donations.  Click here to find out where to donate!


There are probably many great places to offer monetary help for those who have lost everything.  I am reminded of the verse, "Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: 'He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.' " (2 Cor. 8:13-15) 

We have so much!  Another great organization that is accepting donations can be found here. 

And lastly you can always depend on the Red Cross.  The following was taken from their website, and I love how easy they make it to get your hands in the pot and give some help.
 
Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

11 comments:

  1. Such a tragedy. My heart aches for everyone affected by this terrible disaster. Thanks for letting us all know how we can help!

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  2. I appreciate what you said. That verse, wow. It really does put things in perspective. I get so angry when I listen to our news media, they try to make it all about us, when it is all about Japan, and the people who are suffering. I cannot imagine what they are going through, and my prayers go out to them.

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  3. Thanks for sharing how we can help.

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  4. I've been thinking about this too, Sasha. Since we don't have a home church yet, we give our tithe to other organizations and I was thinking about the Red Cross this month. It feels so little.

    And you're so right. The perspective...it's amazing.

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  5. My heart has been aching too. Definitely puts things in perspective.

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  6. I too have been thinking about the people in Japan, and with every new picture and broadcast my heart aches even more! I know what you mean about this putting our own problems into perspective, however, you have been on my heart and mind too. I am worried about your heart... ( and back...: ). I have been praying for your family, praying that the right family will come and LOVE your cute house, praying for some kind of normalicy as you move forward, and praying the red house doesn't sell in the meantime! I hope you are okay, know that I am sending an extra prayer cover your way. Hope you have a great week!
    Emily

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  7. Thank you for the post. My niece and ex-sister-in-law live there and we have been unable to reach them by phone. We don't know if they are safe yet or not, it is really scary and we keep praying they are ok. This whole disaster has really opened my eyes to what is important in my life and what is not.

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  8. Really a horrible thing to deal with yet again in our world. My heart goes out to all, and selfishly, I pray daily that my friends and family never have to endure such tragedy first hand.

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  9. Such a devastating time for all of those people, the families. I can't even imagine what they are going through.

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  10. Samaritan's Purse (samaritanspurse.org) is accepting donations, too. They are providing relief through local churches in Japan.

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