On seeking a faithful response to Japan and other international crises...
The horror can be paralyzing. And yet we cannot turn away. Turning away would feel like abandoning them – not that we are actually WITH them anyway. We’re just watching their nightmare from afar, glued to every news story, every image, every facebook link, drunk on a stomach-churning cocktail of fascination and pity. What are we to do?
1- We live our lives.
I sent some money to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for Japan. But I also got an email yesterday from the owner of a little shop in our neighborhood that I frequent. The store, which was her dream for years, and then became reality, has been a source of joy and fun for my daughter and me. It is now in financial trouble and may have to close if they don’t increase their business soon. My mom loves their necklaces and I plan to go down there tomorrow and buy one for her.I am here and need to live where I am.