Moderator Mardi’s Blog: Where is God in this crisis?

As we witness unimaginable pain and suffering in Haiti, we join with others crying this question and, through our tears, we hear an answer. God is in the most painful moments, the most painful places, weeping with every child, with every mother and father, with every person suffering through this tragedy.

I recently heard Barbara Rossing of the Lutheran World Federation speak about how we need to reconsider the so-called “woes” of Revelation. These are not God’s curse but rather God’s lament. God laments for the earth’s pain; God laments for the earth’s poor and struggling; God laments over suffering today in Haiti.

God loves the whole earth as much as God loves every child in Haiti today. It’s an enormous love – one which we know through Christ and which we do our best to reflect through our prayers and actions. Please join me in supporting relief and reconstruction efforts. To join in the response of people of The United Church of Canada, as we work in partnership with those on the ground in Haiti today, watch for updates on The United Church of Canada website.

Individuals are invited to contribute to the United Church’s Haiti Appeal either through their local congregation or directly to The United Church of Canada’s national office, 3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4. Cheques should be made payable to The United Church of Canada and marked “Haiti Appeal.” Online donations can be made on the Make a Donation page. Choose “Emergency Response” and specify “Haiti Appeal.”