We text donations, round off our grocery bill, write checks, carry food, water and clothing to drop boxes. We pray alone and together. But mainly we watch…
As I watched, a story surfaced about a wonderful young woman named Molly Hightower from Port Orchard, Washington. She had been in Haiti since June of 2009 working for the Friends of Orphans International.
She was missing.
She kept a blog, 525,600 minutes, which I read in its entirety. She was a special person, a loving person,a person of strong convictions, a person who gave of herself…. Another face on this horrible event. I prayed for her and hoped she would be found.
Sadly, this morning, there was a post that her body had been recovered in the building where she worked with special needs orphans. Her sister updated her twitter account with this, ““We take peace in knowing she is with our Lord although our hearts are breaking,” she wrote. “Remember our beautiful Molly — the most Christ-centered, compassionate, vibrant lover of life we know. Live in (her) example — with selfless compassion and a joyful spirit.” I felt such a sadness for her family, friends and these beautiful children …Friends of Orphans and her family have set up a page to make donations in her name.
I can’t help but feel that with each event that occurs where help is needed, when disaster strikes, a tragedy, something so terrible. That I see our humanity as our salvation.
I see a world filled with so many people of different tongues, nationalities and beliefs, willing to give, to donate, to share and to travel to this place and I wonder why can’t we find a common thread to get along.
One of my favorite scripture tells us, together we are stronger. I count on this…
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
So during a week where we watched, we also got up, went to work, had lunch, complained about being cold, laughed over “Pants on the Ground,” and lived our comfortable lives.
A little perspective is sometimes a very good thing. Please keep Haiti in your prayers and be a strand for someone this week.
If you are looking for a way to help, World Vision is on the ground in Haiti and could use your donation. My friend Freda and I both sponsor children living in Haiti as do many of our friends and they are in need of our help. Click here for more information.