How to respond to a DISASTER

Needed: prayer

During hurricane Mitch I asked a friend who formerly lived in Honduras how I could respond to the situation. We realized that we were already responding by how we were thinking about the situation. If we were thinking in a constructive way about what happened, we could help. My friend had been in touch with people in Honduras who said they were amazed by the community spirit shown by everyone in helping each other recover. The crisis and sadness produced by the hurricane were already being responded to by an exceptional amount of love and goodness. We needed to be sure our thoughts did not unintentionally throw weight on the negative side by wallowing in or glorifying the destruction. Our thoughts needed to be part of the good that was already responding so significantly to the situation.

Listening and learning as a child would
August 9, 1999

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