GIVE: Affirm By The Spirit — Hope

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Hope

2011 Grace Ste. Croix

March 22, 2011

Recently with many natural disasters, every devastation has shaken our belief that our lifestyle is infinite and our legacies will last overtime. With the great nation of Japan in a current state of crisis and the list of disasters that have hit this country in less than a week, the rest of the world sits glued to their television sets and computers, hoping and praying that somehow the devastation will stop.

As human beings, we are all extremely empathetic when another country is affected with a disaster. Many of us feel frustrated that we physically cannot help. Unfortunately for many of us, Japan is far away and therefore we give donations and prayers for their safety.

However, as you read comments from the BBC to CNN we see that the overwhelming outcries to our Japanese friends are the same. “Be safe, we love you, we are behind you, we are praying for you.” No matter what race, religion, creed or caste, as human beings we are torn to see our fellow people suffer in such a way. With this crisis, I have seen many countries, from Turkey to the United States, pledge resources and support to help with this disaster. Each country puts behind their political or religious differences and comes together as one to fix this disaster. Skeptics must have a hard time currently fighting the fact that the world is one and we all care deeply for each others survival and overall safety.

Giving hope to each other, through donations, prayers, and even keeping updated with the latest news brings us each closer together. As our countries leaders donate time, money and resource to Japan, we can see ourselves coming together in our communities. During times of crisis, the blood banks fill with wonderful donors and even though some of the blood may not make it to Japan, it definitely goes to fellow Americans in need of transplants, those who have been effected by an accident and many other life threatening situations. By seeing hope at the end of a dark tunnel, we end up helping everyone in a crisis. In the enlightened words of Emily Dickinson:

“We’d never know how high we are until we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky.”

If you cannot donate to Japan relief funds, give your time to local groups, charities, or the needy. In times of crisis we should be inspired to give all of ourselves to the less fortunate, as Jesus devoted his life to do. Give hope to someone who craves it, as we all need a light at the end of our tunnel.

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