A FEW THOUGHTS

Posted: April 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Yesterday afternoon I got to the office a bit harried after being out most of the day.  Junior who was there and had come with a case of copier paper told me that the lady at the store where we buy the paper and office supplies died in the earthquake.  She was at school and died when the school collapsed. I told him that it couldn’t be possible and that I had seen her not to long ago when I bought a case of paper at the store.  She had recently had a baby and she showed me pictures of her husband and her child.  So I got the receipt from that purchase and saw that the date was January 8th and that the earthquake happened on January 12th.  She did it fact die on January 12th.  I felt unbelief and sadness.  It is still incomprehensible to me that that so many, perhaps up to 300 thousand people died when the earth shook for about 53 seconds.

 

Quote from Rabindranath Tagore: “Not hammer-strokes, but the dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.”

 

There for the past few days has been a fuel shortage here in Haiti.  The gas station are generally open for a couple of hours a day and the lines can be like a bowl of spaghetti. I wasn’t too concerned as we had one drum of diesel left from that which we were able to secure during the first few weeks after the earthquake.  So I had 5 gallons of diesel put into my truck but it looks as if there was water in the diesel or perhaps I should say there was diesel in the water.  My truck is messed up and it won’t run very well.  Last night I was on my way to church for a prayer time but the truck simply decided after about three miles that it wasn’t going to the prayer time and it stopped.  I tried to get it going but ended up calling Chris Plourde and he towed me home.  Today we worked on it for about six hours and it still isn’t working.  There is a mechanic coming in about three days and I hope that he can get my old truck going again.  Next time I will check to see if the drum has diesel with water or water with diesel.

 

It starts on Monday and then continues until Saturday night.  It comes from several of the patients that we have at the field hospital; especially from some of the younger ones.  “I’m going to church with you on Sunday,” they say. and I respond, “Of course you can come.”  It is a joy to have these patients get on the big group truck and worship with us at our church.  The kids are learning some English but not enough to really understand what is said at the service.  But they do understand that they are loved.  It is amazing how love can be universally understood even when there may be a verbal language barrier.

If we can only learn and understand that a consistent, steady demonstration of Christ’s love and compassion in our lives can accomplish more than a gospel crusade or a hundred sermons.

 

QUOTES:

 

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  ~Nelson Henderson

 

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.   ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

The major block to compassion is the judgment in our minds. Judgment is the mind’s primary tool of separation. ~ Diane Berke

 

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.  Colossians 3: 12-17


John McHoul

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