This morning a massive earthquake 8.9 in magnitude rocked the country Japan. There are still feeling the tremors, beginning to pick through the rubble, and evacuating to higher ground from a giant tsunami that followed the earthquake. A natural disaster of this size will take months and years to recover. Today, homes, families, and real peoples lives were severely changed.
Let’s us lift up prayers to God for the people of Japan. Pray for comfort for the suffering. Pray the glory of God would reign over this island. Pray the gospel would go forth. Pray that the churches, pastors, and Christians in Japan and around the world would rise up to encourage Japan.
More pictures here.
The pictures and reports coming from Haiti are heart wrenching. We cannot imagine the carnage and devastation they are experiencing. We cannot smell the rotting corpses, hear the weeping in the light of the moon, hunger after a meal you are unsure you will receive, and feel the rage of those have lost ones they love. How can this happen? Where is God in all of this? How should we respond?
Haiti is broken. Rescue is coming. Revival is possible. Christ is King.
I plea to God for mercy. With David in the midst of tragedy and doubt, I sing a song. I praise the God who is in control of creation and thank him that it was not my home that was shaken and torn. I plea for His mercy over Haiti and me.
1 To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if You be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to You for help,
when I lift up my hands toward Your most holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.
4 Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
or the work of His hands, He will tear them down and build them up no more.
6 Blessed be the Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.
8 The Lord is the strength of His people; He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9 Oh, save your people and bless Your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
This morning I awoke from my dreams to the shaking of my bed. I have never felt this sensation before. I went back to bed. It wasn’t until the morning that I realized from the news we had experienced an earthquake. In Indiana? You think of California or India, but not the Midwest.
The U.S. Geologic Survey reported that the first earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2 and shook for about 15 seconds as the temblor rumbled at about 5:37 a.m. The quake was centered about 40 miles north of Evansville, IN., along the Wabash Valley Fault Zone, which is north of the well-known New Madrid fault area. An aftershock came about 11:30am while I was in the office.
How cool? And what power!!