It has been really cold but finally warmed up above freezing as I write this. Many people I know suffered broken water pipes. We just heard about the earthquake in Haiti. I hate to think how many people were injured or killed in that. One person said the country of Haiti ought to change its name to Lovie. Haiti has a long history of dreadful poverty and political unrest, maybe a more cheerful name would bring some good luck, was that person’s thinking. If only it were that simple! Our denomination is sending help, indeed it does all the time, and I am sure others do too. I visited a woman yesterday in the hospital who has just found out she has cancer, in two different places. All of these disconnected things got me to thinking about how there are so many things in life that are beyond our control like weather, earthquakes, many illnesses, and eventually, our death. Most of all, the main thing outside of our control is each other - at least that is the attitude of a wise person. An unwise person wastes a lot of time trying to control other people. No matter how hard I pray, I cannot control God either. My prayers are not magic wands that get me what I think I want. Instead, my prayers open up an avenue for God to change me. Don’t you hate that? I do! I hate change. Yet the best news I know is that God is not finished with any of us; where there is life, there is hope. So I’ll pray for Haiti and for the woman with cancer. I don’t know what God will do in answer to those prayers, but I know He will do something. And one thing He will do is inspire people, just like you and me, to do something useful. I’ll give money to help in Haiti, I’ll visit the woman who is ill, and I’ll thank God that at least it is not 110 degrees hot right now!
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