the period immediately following
a usually ruinous event
We are hopeful that in the aftermath of this ruinous event the rubble will be removed; people will be found alive; aid will be distributed; calm will be restored; and people will come to know the amazing grace of God's incalculable salvation.
What occurs in an aftermath - be it in Haiti, or elsewhere; even in the solitary, disquieted heart quaked by life - is often linked to the application of rescue. Someone simply must reach out..
And so it is that my heart stirs.
Yes, I am mindful of Haiti. But I am even more mindful of those buried beneath life's rubble, barely alive, in desperate need of water and aid - the ones that don't even realize how bleak is their condition. They are in need of rescue too, and a Rescuer.
We can see with our own eyes the devastation on the ground in Haiti, but across the globe there are so many that don't realize their condition is equally dire. Or maybe they do, and they just haven't heard that hope and rescue is near at hand.
It is true, as Henry David Thoreau tells us:
When all is said and done, quakes (both literal and spiritual) will rock our world sooner or later; and all that is not firmly established will crumble - crushing hearth and heart alike. It's not judgment I'm speaking of, but the natural consequence of living in an imperfect world, where all too often we (or our loved ones) have built on sand, using material that simply will not withstand quaking. Nature's fury is not selective.
I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. Luke 6:46-49 f]">
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread Your protection over them,
that those who love Your name
may rejoice in You.
For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous;
You surround them with your favor as with a shield..