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1.15.2010

Any other topic seems trivial...

Every time I try to come up with a new blog post, I keep going back to what's going on in Haiti. I keep trying to think about what it must be like to have things change literally in the blink of an eye. How long does that moment feel? How long does it take you to realize what's going on? How much more difficult is it when you're already poor, uneducated, and barely making it through each day?

There are lots of ways to help. In my typical bullet-point fashion, here are just a few:

Compassion International
- A fabulous group in general taking on this challenge with wide open arms.

Doctors Without Borders - There are so many injured people it seems wrong to say "a lot." I can't imagine how needed doctors and nurses are right now in Haiti - let's help as many get there as we can.

American Red Cross - The old standby, and still a good choice.

Locally, you can check out your news affiliates and/or newspapers for groups putting together things for the Haitian people. Here in the Houston area there are several organizations featured prominently in our newscasts who are helping with everything from solar powered LED flashlights to donated clothing.

Most importantly, we can all pray for them - for the people and their families, the doctors and nurses, the emergency workers and first responders searching for survivors, and for the people here and all over the world trying to help.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Matthew 25:35-40