Will We Remember?

I opened my email this morning and scanned quickly over the emails that I was receiving.  They were all automated emails–reminders of library due dates and memory verses to review, etc.–the sorts of things that quickly find their way to the recycle bin on my computer.

One message, however, caught my eye, and rather than press delete, I started reading.  It began,

On this day two years ago, the world awoke to the mind-numbing reality of the greatest earthquake of our generation.

I didn’t get a chance to read much past that sentence, but what I had read was enough to greatly startle me.   Had it really been two years since the earthquake in Haiti?  Of course, I knew about the earthquake, but largely, it had been off my mind for a very long time.  Families torn apart.  Homes and possessions destroyed.  Two years ago today, Haitians were experiencing unimaginable suffering.   For two years they have lived with the haunting nightmare of it all.  But, I had forgotten.

It wasn’t an intentional forgetting.  Simply, I am so far removed from the reality of it all, that it slips my mind.

Thousands of people will never be able to forget.  Neither should we.

Will we remember?

Will we remember Haiti?

Will we remember the suffering around the world?

Will we remember the persecuted?

The answer is simple–WE MUST.

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our god and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress….” (James 1:27)

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

We must remember.

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  1. wow, love this post Amy!! its really sadly and we must remember it. Our life is so “easy” and we’re so blessed that we dont put attention to the souls are lost every day, and when we know it, we have a big responsability. Matthew 28:19 thanks for share this amy!! hugs

    1. Hi Jireh! Thanks for commenting! You’re exactly right–it’s easy to forget what others are facing because we can get so distracted by all the “blessings” in our lives. Thanks for the verse–it’s an awesome one! :-) **hugs**

  2. What a jolting post! How true! It is so easy to forget things that happen in “far away” countries, just a few time zones away. What is a cataclysmic event to one country is, sadly, quickly forgotten in another.

    Thank you for the reminder to remember and pray for precious souls in other countries. Especially brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith, and for standing up for what they believe.

    It could even happen to us here in the US someday…. scary!
    Are we as brave as those Christians in countries such as: North Korea and Iran.

    1. “What is a cataclysmic event to one country is, sadly, quickly forgotten in another.”

      How true, Elizabeth–and very sad!
      Thank you for sharing your comment. Good things to think about.

      *and* So very nice to hear from you again! Hope you are doing well!

  3. This post is very special to me, Amy. I’m going to Haiti for 8 weeks this September, so it was wonderful to know that people still care. May God richly bless you for the ways that you seek to serve HIM!

    Many blessings to you all!

    1. Thank you for sharing, Amelia! Wow, I hope that your trip to Haiti goes very well!

      Many blessings to you, my friend!

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