Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Shuddering Earth
"It was not an act of God. It was the earth doing what the earth does. The act of God in this tragedy is the hand of the people reaching out in aid to each other."
As near as I can remember, those were the inspired words of the Reverend Dean Peter Beck of Christchurch Cathedral in a radio interview after yet another devastating earthquake shook the good people of New Zealand last week. With those simple and memorable words he ministered to the world, even as New Zealand recovers from a larger quake only five months earlier---though this one is the more tragic, for the loss of life it cost.
This morning, on new spring birdsong from the other side of the world, I send my most fervent hopes and well-wishes to the people of Christchurch, Canterbury, and Lyttelton Harbour in New Zealand. And a small donation to Christchurch Cathedral---not for its repair, but for its ministry to the people there. dkm