Children of the World

God bless the children

So often, we go about our lives seemingly detached from what is going on “out there.” Yet we would be inhumane if we did not give pause to the suffering & terror that has gripped Japan these past few days.

It is in the pictures of the little children that rock my world and my foundation.  These innocents have no concept of what has happened to their world or the fact that for them, it will never be the same.  Some children have lost their parents either by death or separation during the earthquake that ripped the fabric of Japan and the deadly tsunami that followed.  Children are especially dear to Jesus who spoke in Mark 9:36-37 that “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me . . .”

If you are looking to give, the Salvation Army has a special page set up for donations.  ALL of the money raised for relief efforts in Japan will go to the victims.  For more information on how to give, please check out the Salvation Army Blog on the relief efforts.  Or you can text the word “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.  Just be sure to answer “yes” on the bounce back text.

As a prayer for the people of Japan, I found this wonderful video message. It that was created after the earthquake in Haiti but it’s prayer is timeless.  We pray it now for our brothers and sisters in Japan.  Although we may not know them by name or by face, we are all still family on this journey called life.

God speed to our Japanese friends.