Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It's so hard to watch the images coming back from Pakistan. Well over 23,000 now confirmed as dead -- many of them schoolchildren who just fell into the earth. The tsunami . . . the hurricanes . . . the earthquake . . . prayers for those who have suffered.


  • Has anyone heard from Linda Egle? I know that parts of India were affected and she had left on a trip for India just a few days ago.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 10/12/2005 06:32:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Lately I find myself praying that I would suffer a little more. Not that I would experience a natural disaster but that I would care more for those that have. I agree with you that it is hard to watch and so, sadly, I often don't. I want God to have the pain of those who have fallen into the earth to fall into my heart. I want to suffer with those who suffer. It is so easy to change the channel. I know that we all have our own trials but it just seems like we are spared.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 10/12/2005 06:49:00 AM  

  • When someone we love suffers then we suffer. One way to suffer with those who suffer is to love them; the way to love others is to spend time with them. The hard part is learning what true love is. We may not be able to spend time with people half way around the world but there are plenty of people in our community whose world has been rocked. By loving our neighbor the world will know love. We could all learn from Henri Nouwen.

    By Blogger Clint, at 10/12/2005 09:47:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I know that Thodicy is a touchy subject but with all the natural disasters that have happened this past year it is a subject that must be discussed. The world is wondering if these tragedies have meaning and they are looking for answers from the religious community. What do we have to offer a hurting world? Do we have any answers to the question of why?


    By Blogger Joel Maners, at 10/12/2005 01:02:00 PM  

  • "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way that they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?"

    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 10/12/2005 03:29:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Fred Peatross, at 10/12/2005 06:57:00 PM  

  • As a survivor of the killer quakes in Mexico City, 9/19,20/1985 - been there, done that, unfortunately, so empathize completely with the survivors of the earthquake in Pakistan/Afghanistan/India. my heart breaks for them. The aftermath emotions are so complex and difficult to describe.

    The rest of the world is in better contact with what's going on there than they probably are. All communication is cut off - no phones, nothing can function after a killer quake of this magnitude. You end up feeling as though the rest of the world ceased to exist and you're sitting in the middle of rubble, wondering who else of your loved ones are gone. There's disorientation, including that caused by landmarks imploded out of existence by the quakes. Food, water, medical assistance, jobs, all the pieces that hold daily lives together are gone.

    It will be years before the emotional trauma heals. So please, pray for their emotional and spiritual health, as well as for the recovery of more survivors trapped below the rubble.

    The memory of that morning in 1985 still causes nerves to tremble and panic set in. There simply is NO way to explain the total effect of such a tragedy on those that survive.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/13/2005 06:54:00 AM  

  • Mike- I love that this post was short, sweet and to the point. Good preacher! We metroplexers await with giddy anticipation ACU Homecoming this weekend and reveling in sweet drops of truth at Highland on Sunday morning.

    By Blogger Shanta, at 10/13/2005 10:14:00 AM  

  • Sorry, this has nothing to do with the earthquake, but I need to use this blog to solicit prayers again. My roommate Laura was taken in to the hospital today for what the doctors think might be appendix trouble. She had a CT scan tonight, but they won't read it until the morning. If something is wrong with her appendix, they will probably do surgery in the morning. Anyway, please pray for her and her healing. Thank you!

    Heather Alkire

    By Blogger Heather A, at 10/13/2005 10:09:00 PM  

  • Heather, I prayed for your friend Laura. May God watch over her.

    By Blogger slipperycatsanddogs, at 10/14/2005 08:14:00 PM  

  • Slippery, thanks so much for your prayers. Laura is feeling much better and should be dismissed from the hospital tomorrow. She ended up not needing surgery. Thanks again for your prayers, and I am keeping your family in my prayers too.

    By Blogger Heather A, at 10/14/2005 08:51:00 PM  

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