Tsunamis, Nuclear Reactors, and God

Weep with those who weep! (Romans 12:15 ESV)

There are thousands and thousands of people weeping over the recent catastrophes in Japan and many more left scratching their heads. We ask "Why?" and "What can we do?"

I subscribe to Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox, a weekly newsletter published by Rick Warren and Pastor.com. Rick provided two links that I want to pass on to you. They offer help for both the "Why?" and "What?" Additionally, there is a link to Samaritan's Purse, the international relief agency which is on the front lines of proving help.

Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy by John Piper. John will take you into the Scriptures and reacquaint you with the grace and grandeur of God. He offers four implications from the life of Job that help us make sense out of times of calamity.

FIRST-PERSON: Begin helping by praying by Carlton Walker Walker helps to identify something all of us can and should do -- pray! He offers helpful suggestions for praying for the people of Japan.

Samaritan's Purse, is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I was reading an article on Yahoo news yesterday. The writers quoted President Barack Obama. I thought President Obama's words about the perceived "needs" of Japan were insightful: "Even if those allies are themselves economically advanced and powerful, there are moments where they need our help, and we're bound together by a common humanity."[1]

Today, you and I can help. It begins with prayer. Pray for the people of Japan.


[1] President Barack Obama, in "U.S. shows growing alarm over Japan nuclear crisis" by By Jeff Mason and Tom Doggett Jeff Mason And Tom Doggett – Thu Mar 17, 12:24 am ET. www.news.yahoo.com.