Heartbreak doesn’t really come close to describing how I feel when I look at the TV these days. There is tragedy upon tragedy happening to the people of Japan. The families that are separated continue to grieve and feel lost. The wounded and stranded are losing hope as the days wear on. It’s cold , there’s limited power, water and food. Some have none of these.
We have our Japanese daughter lost in the midst of it. I’ve been praying for Shiori and her family each day. She was the exchange student who lived with friends of ours and became close with our teenage daughter. She stayed with us for a while before returning to Japan just over a year ago. We had not been able to contact her at all….and then tonight, we got a one line message from her. She’s okay. Unfortunately she lives in one of the hardest hit areas and it may be quite some time before that area gets communication back. The mother in me wants to go rescue her and bring her here. When it gets cool in the evening I think of her and others shivering in the cold, lonely, sad, overwhelmed. I pray that they find peace and hope in the midst of the storm. I pray that the waves of destruction would be replaced by waves of mercy and grace.
Jesus said he would be the comforter. May He comfort them all now. I dedicate this song to you, the people of Japan…when there’s nothing left, Jesus says, “I’ll be.”