Saturday, January 23, 2010

An excerpt from a recent AP article on Haiti:

All told, some 132 people have been pulled alive from beneath collapsed buildings by international search and rescue teams, she said.

Experts say the chance of saving trapped people begins diminishing after 72 hours. One mother still missing her children said it's too soon to give up.

"Maybe there's a chance they're still alive," said Nicole Abraham, 33, wiping away tears as she spoke of hearing the cries of her children — ages 4, 6 and 15 — for the first two days after the quake.

I don't know what to say about that. I don't know how to pray, except to say, My God, and mean it. I've given money, but what is money to a woman who listened to her children cry for two days, then no more.

What can I possibly do for Nicole Abraham?


ljkgates said...

All we can do is pray.

Lisa said...

It is so, so hard to watch all that is going on down there. I continue to pray for peace for the survivors and for swift help for everyone down there. I'm encouraged to see so many stories about orphans getting out (mostly those who already had adoption plans in place), but it just highlights the great need for me knowing that there are still so many left behind. Many who were orphaned or widowed and won't know for sure for some time.

Anonymous said...

What can we do for Nicole Abraham and the countless others like her? We can pray. We can remember. We can continue to educate ourselves on the history of Haiti and recognize that the devastation of this earthquake was compounded by the severe poverty brought on by a sad and twisted history with other, more developed countries. We can honor the memories of those lost by honoring the ones we still have with us - showing every day to our friends and family how much we love them. We can remember to never take for granted a secure roof over our heads and clean water at our disposal. And again, we can pray.

I think what is most important to remember is that even though we feel like we can't do much where we are, by not ignoring the situation, we are doing what we can.