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Incomprehensible Restlessness: My Hope for Haiti and Beyond

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2010 by Stephen Tickner

What can I do? How can I help? Let’s organize a fundraiser! I want to go over there and help out! These are all things that ran through my head immediately after I learned of the devastating earthquake that leveled areas around Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on January 12th. I know I wasn’t the only one thinking these things because there seemed to be, as was described by my pastor the following Sunday, a restlessness throughout the community in which I live.

Through the barrage of pictures being sent back to us through our various media outlets, we can see the Haitian people not only mourning the loss of their many loved ones but the bare-boned struggles of individuals to just to survive. These are the pictures that touch our souls and for a couple of days, the Haitian people became our brothers and sisters. And we wanted to do something about it!

It is going to take years to rebuild Haiti and help the Haitian people recover from this devastating loss. As time goes on, the world’s lens will undoubtedly start to turn away from Haiti. Life, for us, will get back to normal and Haiti will unfortunately be placed on the back-burners of our mind…unless we learn from our initial restlessness.

Holy restlessness should be the fuel that keeps our concern and efforts focused on the rebuilding of Haiti. But even once the last stone is put in place in Haiti, that same holy restlessness should compel us to look up and out to the world around us. People are suffering throughout this world everyday. Their disasters may not occur in one tragic moment and they may not get the media’s attention. Here in the United States 46.3 million Americans live without healthcare, 37 million Americans live below the official poverty line, and 3.5 million American’s are homeless. May we let these daily moral atrocities on our doorstep agitate our souls to the point of action here at home.

It is hard to make sense of the tragedy that the Haitian people have experienced. It makes our hearts weep and we want to understand why. My prayer is that something good rises from this tragedy; that Haiti stays on our radar and we continue to aid its recovery. And I pray that it will be a wake-up call for myself and all of us, to take a harder look at our world and our own nation. May our God-given restlessness compel us to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world everyday.