Monday, January 18, 2010

Sitting here

In front of this computer screen I am feeling so incredibly blessed today.

I have dirty dishes in the sink and I'm washing the girls' bedding. The floors need to be swept and mopped and my kids are home from school on this holiday.

But right now, honestly? Words cannot express how grateful I am to just be sitting here. With those dirty dishes waiting to be done and the washer going.

I know where my kids are. They are here, under my roof safe and sound....watching Twilight.

I have food. And water. And shelter.

I know that my extended family are all safe and well.

This knowledge makes my heart swell with gratitude and my eyes fill with tears of happiness.

But my heart is breaking for the Haitians. My prayers are going out to them. Especially to the littlest ones.

I have friends for whom I am praying extra hard. They have two children there in Haiti. They were just waiting for the paper work to go through. They are still waiting on word about their son and daughter.

While mine sit under blankets comfortably warm and safe.

So my prayers go up for my friends that they will hear good news about their little ones soon.

For all of my brothers and sisters in Haiti who are suffering so much.

And for all of those those who are brave and strong enough to go in and try to provide some help and comfort.

Prayers for them all.

While I am sitting here. Because I can't do much. But that much, I can do.


Cynthia said...

This post is beautifully written and captures the way so many of us are feeling. I get so overwhelmed looking at the footage coming out of there. How do they even BEGIN again? The task of cleanup etc. is so enormous. How do people with so few resources handle a job that big?

Kristina P. said...

I couldn't agree more, Shanna.

M-Cat said...

Great post. I've been watching daily at the updated over there and some days, it's just too much for me.

You are SO right, we have much to be thankful for.

Emmy said...

You are so right.. it is so easy to forget all we have to be grateful for. Thank you for this.
And I will keep their little ones in my prayers too

Omgirl said...

It is such a tragedy. It has affected me so much, like the Tsunami a few years ago. You think of how fast life changed for all those people, how many have lost lives and property. Life will never be the same again. I do give great thanks for my dear children sleeping soundly upstairs right this minute.

elesa said...

Wow, that was just so pretty. And I need to remember to be a little more grateful. Thanks.

tiburon said...

This whole Haiti thing makes me so sad.

We really are blessed!