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By Don Loftis | 01.21.10


The destruction caused by the 7.0 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti rises beyond what we are able to comprehend. Destroyed houses and suffering people are evident in every news report we watch. Thousands dead; hundreds of thousands homeless; a nation’s flickering efforts at economic growth snuffed out. It is not the first tragedy we have witnessed or experienced, but for this week it is the biggest.

Yet, it is imperative that we pause and look at tragedy in a different light. There is a positive side to the catastrophe in Haiti.

#1 — We are reminded of the compassion and generosity of people. Millions of dollars and hundreds of adoptive parents are rising to the occasion. Would they have without the crisis?

#2 — We observe unity borne of necessity. People from all backgrounds and nations with divergent policies have come together to rescue broken lives.

#3 — Those of us with warm houses and families enjoying safety are reminded to give thanks for our blessings.

#4 — Whether in Haiti or America, we are challenged to discover the true value of life — a right relationship with God and an eternal hope secured by the cross.

I would not want to minimize in any way the problems or pain that exist in Haiti or elsewhere. I am not suggesting that we naively say, “Be warmed and filled — it’ll be OK tomorrow.” However, sometimes we are blessed by the freshness of a different viewpoint and by trusting the promise given by Paul in the midst of his own imprisonment, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).


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