As sure as the sunrise
As sure as the sea
As sure as the wind in the trees
We rise again...
I have long loved this song, but it really touched a chord deep in my heart as I listened to it today, while reading CBC news stories of Haiti, Afghanistan, and places closer to home like Antigonish. I thought of all the people rebuilding lives, homes, community, faith in the wake of unimaginable physical, emotional, spiritual devastation.
I am grateful for the awesome courage and hopefulness that enables people to rise from the ashes of earthquakes, of war and corruption, of decades of sex-abuse. The presence of God that strengthens us, the Spirit of hope that lifts us out of despair, the Light that enables us to shine in the darkness, never ceases to amaze me.
The stories of people singing in the streets of Haiti are especially moving...
Actor Jim Carrey tweeted: "watching Haitian ppl singing in the street together. destroyed me. we never get as close to each other as do in these terrible moments. ;^)"
Toronto Sun columnist Lisa Van Dusen wrote: "...desperation was being countered by the faith of Haitians singing in the streets..."
David L. Wilson of Weekly News Update on the Americas reported:
"Several hundred people had gathered to sing, clap, and pray in an intersection here by 9:00 last night, a little more than four hours after the earthquake had devastated much of the Haitian capital. Another group was singing a block away, on the other side of the Hotel Oloffson, where I was camping out.
I couldn't make out many of the words. "Alleluia" was the refrain for some of the hymns the group at the crossroads sang. A minister was preaching to the other group about Bondye ("God") and kretyen ("Christians"). The congregants replied with bursts of song.
There were frequent aftershocks. With each tremor, the singing stopped and the singers wailed; after several minutes the hymns would resume."
May my voice and yours join all those singing and praying in the midst of horror...we sing for those who have not yet found their way out of darkness, we pray for those struggling to rise again, we wrap our songs and our hearts around all in need of comfort.
And then we rise again....
As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog and check out the other Gratitude Friday Club blogs...