My relief prayer for Southeast Asia

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'Where are my children?'' she asked. ''Where are they? Why did this happen to me? I've lost everything.'' Of all the reports I read on the aftermath of the tsunamis in Southeast Asia, this one resonated so strongly with me. According to an Associated Press story Absah, a 41-year-old mother, was searching the city of Banda Aceh for her 11 youngsters.

My heart ached to comfort her, to hold her hand, offer some reassurance for hope. I felt helpless as I sat in my comfortable office near my cozy home and healthy family, full of expectation for a happy future. What did I have to give?

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