I run the risk of having people say they've had enough of bad news. And believe me, I understand.
We aren't built to be buried with negativity. Economy, politics, wars, hidden and overt hate . . . at some point we say, "Enough!" We can handle horrific things in small doses. Beyond that, we lose our bearings. With an increased understanding of the immensity of a situation comes an increased desire to put it out of our thoughts. We can handle moments. Longer and deeper and more difficult? Not so much.
We want to help because it's our nature. But so is self-preservation.
If we can't fix it now, the responsibility weighs us down and we fear losing not only that battle, but every other battle we're facing in our own lives.
Believe me, I understand.
But Haiti's Fifteen Minutes of Fame is clearly coming to an end.
Unfortunately, its Fifteen Minutes of Pain isn't.
If you are inclined to find the strength within yourself to re-engage, check out this video. If, after watching it, you decide that it's somehow within your means to give a little more, please . . . give. If it isn't, please share the message. Someone else, because of you, might find a few extra dollars.
Fall to your knees once more and pray for the people, all of the people, of Haiti. Please don't let the fact that we aren't being bombarded with images somehow mean those images aren't bombarding someone else's eyes in a very personal way. Whether they look like you, think like you, or live like you, doesn't matter.
My husband and I have donated to Mercy and Sharing for many years. Every penny you donate to them goes directly to the people you are trying to help. They're one of many organizations who will use your money well.
If you can find a couple of extra dollars, put them to good use. If you can't, I understand. Just make an effort to keep the pain and hope of Haiti in your prayers.
Thanks for indulging me.
CR: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
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