Christ Church, Exeter
May 22, 2013
There is an expression used these days called "disaster fatigue." It sets in for some when they hear of disaster after disaster the world over - tsunamis, earthquakes, brushfires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.
I would not say that I suffer from disaster fatigue as much as I just wish they would all stop. No more! With instant global communication we can literally see it all and the heartbreak and suffering is far too close and real.
As people of faith we can at times want to shut out all the bad and that's OK. It is a defensive mechanism born out of our village-minded DNA that really cannot handle too many circles of loss and suffering beyond what we can see and know. Thank God that God never suffers from disaster fatigue. God's mercy and compassion is constant and abundant in times when darkness comes, the winds rage and lives rest on a razor's edge. May we pray to this God to hold the people of Oklahoma ever more close in these days ahead during their time of great need.
To learn how to donate directly to the victims, visit: http://www.episcopaloklahoma.org/Christian%20Formation/donate-for-tornado-re lief.html
The Rev. Mark B. Pendleton