March 21st, 2011
Seven days ago, the earth ripped open to destroy a civilization.
Seven days ago, the ocean rose to swallow the torn open earth.
Seven days ago, a grandmother held on tightly for dear life to every little hope floating in the sea of destruction.
Seven days ago, a woman saw her daughter swept into dark, murky, monstrous waters to never see her again.
Seven days ago, a man set out in the danger to look for his wife, only to find washed out wedding pictures of their neighbors lying on what could to be his bedroom, just a day ago.
Seven days ago, a man-made poison threatened to cause a lifetime of damage to the bodies of the wounded souls.
Seven days ago, a child died waiting for someone to realize he was still alive buried under the car.
Today, the civilization stands together, heartbroken but calm; traumatized but composed.
Today, they pick up the pieces of their broken lives, looking for strength and hope in each other.
Today, they continue to grieve the life they lost.
Today, they continue to look for their loved ones that they have not heard from.
Today, they turn to the rest of the world for help.
Today, the world reaches out in friendship and camaraderie to offer help, prayers and hope.
Today, as some of us await a sunny weekend, a civilization has lost track of time as they live in make shift houses while they find the strength to put their lives together again.
Nature has constantly played these cruel jokes on humankind.
Over the years, millions have been consumed by the assumed rage of the earth.
It is an ancient story of the helplessness of humankind, but the pain never gets old, never gets numb or dull.
Yet, every time, since the beginning of time, civilizations rebound on their feet, better equipped to fight the next tantrum of this earth.
Of this earth that we belong to, of this earth we stand on, of this earth we love and at the times like these, curse and hate.
A constant reminder that there are forces greater than us out there. A lesson that we need to find the greater force within us to survive.
I hope the people affected by this tragedy rise to the challenge and again, take whatever control they can of their lives.
They are in my prayers and I hope they recover from this heartbreak and horror as quickly as is humanly possible.
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