The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have shocked the world. For us in New Zealand, it seems to have a deeper meaning because we have so recently experienced an earthquake first-hand or observed it up close.
Photographs and videos of devastation shock us. But it’s the photos of young parents holding very small children while a man in a protective suit waves some sort of geiger counter around the child to check for radiation that moved me to tears. The bewildered looks on the faces of the children was heart-wrenching. And the concern in the faces of the adults was so real.
In my wider family, we are facing our own earthquake experience. My precious son-in-law has just been told that he has metastatic malignant melanoma. He had a melanoma removed 2½ years ago, and now it has returned in another part of his body and is in his lymph nodes.
Of course, this means big changes in the life of the little family and for us too as we support them in every way possible.
In times like this, asking ‘why?’ or trying to attempt to answer the question, ‘why?’ doesn’t help and can even be counter-productive. Instead, we need to ask, ‘what?’. What will be useful now? What do the needy people need? What can I do to help? What is the next thing to do?
If you pray, I know you will be praying for the suffering people in Japan. Please pray for my son-in-law and daughter, too. And please ask your children to pray too. Thanks.
And whatever you do, remember to enjoy your children today. Live life fully today, and be present in every moment.