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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Yes, we made it. And a couple days later Matt and Jenna made it. So everyone in the extended family (all 25 of us) are now in Ohio. We've skied two days (yes, you CAN ski in Ohio--check out http://www.bmbw.com/!), and sledded another day. The snow is incredible. I think today some are going for a snowy hike and others are going ice skating. Since we were here two years ago, another level of grandkids (my nieces and nephews . . . and youngest son) has gotten old enough so that they've become the anchors of the continuous "Oh, Heck" games (the game and the euphemistic name taught to them by their grandpa). By the time we got here, we realized that we weren't the only ones who got dinged by either the weather (most people) or the airlines (us). Bags were everywhere in the Cleveland airport -- bags that arrived for people who didn't. And then a day or two after we got here, we realized how insignificant all this inconvenience is compared to the suffering in SE Asia and Africa from the tsunami. As of this morning, the news stations report that over 60,000 have died. And so many more have been unaccounted for. All creation is groaning, longing in anticipation for the new creation that has broken in through Jesus Christ but that has not yet fully arrived. There are hints here and there. But we keep praying the ancient prayer, Marana Tha! ("Come, O Lord.")


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    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 12/29/2004 05:27:00 AM  

  • A friend pointed me to this in response to the Tsunami. It seems to be most appropriate:

    God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, GOD of angel armies protects us.
    (Psa 46:1-3 MSG)

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 12/29/2004 12:24:00 PM  

  • We see the tsunami as suffering—truly it is. A third of the deaths were kids. So I am reminded of God's response to Job. "You didn't make this creation. You can't fathom it. You don't run it. Trust that it fits a bigger picture that I do run. Enough said."

    By Blogger WDS, at 12/29/2004 09:27:00 PM  

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