When innocence is fractured by nature’s shifting force, and paradise is ruptured as life is swept off course. We come to pray our questions, we come to share our grief; in this, our act of worship, to say that we believe. As headlines overwhelm us and make us close our minds; as news from distant islands brings death before our eyes. We seek a hope to cling to, a refuge to embrace; lest in the grip of knowing we lose our hold on grace. How dare we speak of heaven made human for our sakes, or preach a loving Father when seas and mountains quake? We dare because our story speaks of a love that came to bear the cost of dying and still would do the same. In Christ our souls take refuge, though not to hide from truth: we face each anguished question with faith, if not with proof. We hear his wistful question: “And will you leave me too?” Though all the world should crumble, We hope, O Christ, in you.
Written in response to the December 2004 tsunami
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