We have all been overwhelmed by images of the massive earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, and the resulting tsunami, in some cases up to ten metres high and sweeping ten kilometres inland. And there is the Fukushima nuclear power plant, severely damaged by the disaster and at risk of partial meltdown and large scale radiation pollution.
Thousands are dead, tens of thousands missing, and 450,000 remain without adequate food, electricity and sanitation nine days after the quake. It’s the toughest crisis to hit Japan in more than 60 years.
In situations like this we often feel helpless, powerless, perhaps bewildered, or angry with God for allowing such suffering.
Many events are beyond our comprehension. But that does not stop us from reaching out in generosity to those in need. And people of faith will be praying for the survivors, and the rescue teams, and the Japanese authorities, and those courageous workers at the nuclear facility, as a brave nation comes to terms with its greatest peacetime disaster. God bless Japan.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 20 March 2011.
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