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By now we all know about the utter devastation that the earthquake in Haiti left behind.

We have begun to hear the stories of family, friends, or the family or friends of friends who are dead or lost or narrowly avoided escape.

We have begun to hear the stories of how help–food, medicine, rescuers, has been having trouble reaching those in need because of how poor and desperate Haiti was before this tragedy.

We give money, we offer prayers, we live in the shock, new once again, that such horrors happen in the same world we live in.

O God whose presence is more unshakeable than either your creation or your people, help us to be steadfast in  reaching out to our brothers and sisters whose lives, homes, and country has been devastated in your name, that we may represent to them your enduring love.  We ask this through Jesus the Christ, who reminded us that all that we do is done for him.  Amen

If you know of no charity which is able to help in Haiti, I’ll point you toward Episcopal Relief and Development.  ERD already has contacts and the ability to help in Haiti.  All monies given go toward providing aid, not administration.

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When I first started this poem, it ended very differently.  It had a version of this poem as it’s final verse.  I liked all of the parts, but it didn’t work together as a whole, so I split it up, reworked, added, and was much happier with the two poems.  Of course they are obviously still connected.

Here’s what I know.  This isn’t bad.  There are some requests I can’t make of God.  It’s not a negative comment on my relationship with God.  It’s a recognition of reality.  God doesn’t work magic.  There is no way for me to wake up tomorrow and have my problem(s) solved.  Asking for that, expecting that, don’t help me.  God does work with me, in and through the problems.

there are prayers I do not,
cannot pray
pretty words brought together,
ordered for intents
I cannot join
prayers assuming healing,
seeking a world—
whole and without flaw,
which I cannot find
and yet I want my God
to be the God who hears,
maybe answers?
these prayers I cannot pray

written 7-23-08

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