Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pray for Japan

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, churning up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country.   The earthquake hit a 9.0 magnitude—upgraded from an original 8.9-magnitude reading by the U.S. Geological Survey.   It was the most powerful temblor to hit Japan since officials there began keeping records 140 years ago.

When I first heard of this natural disaster, my stomach dropped.  I could not take my eyes off of the news watching the live footage from the affects of the earthquake and tsunami.    In that moment, I realized again how precious each and every day is.   I can only imagine how traumatizing and scary it was and lives shook'in to the core.    Life is unpredictable and things happen we cannot control- I am saddened by this and wish I could take away the pain from everyone who has been affected by this.    I know this is impossible but I pray that God gives them the strength, comfort and peace through all of this.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people in Japan, the U.S. Marines and Soldiers who are bringing supplies and helping in any way they can.   So many people throughout the country are making an effort to fund raise supplies, blood, and other needs and opening up their pockets to help.   Organizations like the Red Cross, and World Vision are raising money and blood for Japan.   Donations help provide blankets, bottled water, and sanitary and hygiene supplies as well as other items, that will assist more than 6,000 people in urgent need in Minami Sanriku, where 9,600 townspeople have been displaced into 40 shelters. 

Lady Gaga (who is fabulous and I love her music and think she is incredibly talented).   Lady Gaga has taken her fame and made an effort to express her feelings on the importance to help Japan during this time.    After announcing on Twitter how important it was to help, so she designed a Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband bracelet to raise money for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.   Within 48 hours, the bracelet has raised over $250,000.   The white "We Pray for Japan" wristband sells for $5 online, but customers can add an additional donation, which goes directly to the Japanese people.

There is nothing more inspiring than hearing stories of people who make an effort to better the lives of others. It is so a real tragedy and I continue to pray for everyone who is helping over in Japan.    I hope the families find strength during this difficult time.   To find out ways you can help in your local community or visit World Vision and Red Cross to see what you can do.

How has this nature disaster made you feel?   Have you done anything for Japan, or know of someone who has done something to help?   I would love to hear your thoughts, prayers, comments.  

We don't know the number of victims, but I pray that every single person can be saved.
—Japan's Emperor Akihito, addressing his nation in a rare television appearance; He expressed concern for survivors and said he was "deeply worried" about the ongoing nuclear crisis.

"Lord hear our prayers!!! Father God, we come to you with thanksgiving in our hearts for who you are and the great things you have done. We cry out now for all the people in Japan that are suffering from the earthquake and tsunami. Lord send them help, provide for them in their time of need, save them from any further harm, give them your strength, courage, comfort and peace. Lord we ask that you would protect any people that might be still in harms way of this tsunami." - Ivy C.

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