Sunday, January 17, 2010

Worship in the midst of tragedy

This kind of makes our fights over music styles and carpet color seem even more petty.

Haitians praise God after apocalyptic quake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Drumbeats called the faithful to a Sunday Mass praising God amid a scene resembling the Apocalypse — a collapsed cathedral in a city cloaked with the smell of death, where aid is slow to reach survivors and rescue crews battle to pry an ever-smaller number of the living from the ruins.

Sunlight streamed through what little was left of blown-out stained-glass windows as the Rev. Eric Toussaint preached to a small crowd of survivors. A rotting body lay in its main entrance.

"Why give thanks to God? Because we are here," Toussaint said. "We say 'Thank you God.' What happened is the will of God. We are in the hands of God now."

With the city shattered and the building in ruins, the church still gathers.

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1 comment:

E.W. Burden said...

The philosophy of gratitude in action. It's such a pity that those of us in the 'developed' nations are so under-practiced at being grateful that we miss some of the greatest blessings in life. Bravo, I say, to these brave Haitians, who remember what we so casually forget.