Asia's tsunamis: embracing my global family wherever I am

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“You’re blessed when you are at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (From The Message, translation by Eugene Peterson.)

This beatitude of Jesus has helped me as my heart reaches out to the many thousands of people affected by Southeast Asia’s tsunamis. The words reminded me to get outside myself—my sadness and confusion.

I had been overwhelmed by the extent of the tragedy: millions of people without homes, without family members, without the lives they once knew. As a German citizen living in Berlin, I was also deeply affected by reports of the many Europeans killed or missing in the tsunamis' wake. For tourists from Europe, the coasts of Thailand, India and Sumatra are the closest to a paradise on earth. And now it seems that paradise is lost forever.

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