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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Earthquake in Chile

Almost 25 years ago to the day, I was sitting in the dining hall of a conference center in a small town on the central coast of Chile when the ground shook. And shook. And shook. It was 1985, and I was a young teenage missionary kid at the time. That earthquake occurred on March 3, and today, February 27, the ground shook again in Chile. And shook. And shook. My two younger sisters and their families are back in Chile as missionaries and thankfully, are safe. My youngest sister lives in northern Chile and didn't feel the quake. But my middle sister lives in Santiago, the capital, where the quake was felt at around a 7.7 (Richter) magnitude. That's slightly less than the 8.3 we had in 1985, but not by much. Please pray for my nephew, Matias, as he seems to be the most affected by this quake. School was to start again after summer vacation on Monday. That won't be happening as the classroom bookshelves and such came tumbling down...not to mention that the country is in a state of emergency for at least three days per the Chilean president. Please pray for the southern part of Chile, the most greatly affected by the quake. We know missionaries and families of friends who live in the affected area and have not yet been heard from. Thanks for keeping this beautiful country and her beautiful people in your prayers. Part of my heart is in Chile...and I'm saddened by her loss tonight.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

In the Waiting


The gift nobody longs for, still it comes

And somehow leaves us stronger

When it's gone away


I try and pray for Your will to be done

But I confess it's never fast enough for me

It seems the hardest part is waiting on You

When what I really want Is just to see Your hand move


I want a peace beyond my understanding

I want to feel it fall like rain

In the middle of my hurting

I want to feel Your arms as they surround me

And let me know that it's okay

To be here in this place

Resting in the peace that only comes

In the waiting


Time to let it go and just believe

Trusting in what no one else but You can see


Freedom from the fears that close me in

When I can't get beyond where I have been

But then again

The silence doesn't mean that I'm alone

As long as I can hear That I am still Your own

(Repeat chorus)

In the waiting...

(Lyrics by Greg Long)

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