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Global Mourning of Olympic Proportions

Two natural disasters bring us to our knees.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
May 20, 2008

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Global Mourning of Olympic Proportions
Global Mourning of Olympic Proportions_Greg Asimakoupoulos-Two natural disasters bring us to our kneesForget global warming for the moment.
It's global mourning that should grip our hearts.
Hundreds of thousands are homeless.
Countless have been killed.

Our wounded planet bleeds and weeps.
Myanmar and China will bear the scars of this disaster
years after bodies have been buried and homes rebuilt.

Weeks before Beijing hosts the Olympic Games,
a test of strength is being played out before the world.

A Herculean effort is underway in both nations to stay on track
and field a team to help those swimming in their sorrow.
Staying the course will be more like a marathon than a dash.

Clearing the hurdles of governmental red tape requires amazing skill.
The hurdles are so high they have already tripped up
international relief efforts that heartbreakingly fall short.

Still, a relay race continues
to find missing bodies and belongings beneath the rubble.

The weight of this unprecedented tragedy is too heavy to lift.
An upper cut followed by a left hook has left millions reeling.
Mother Nature has unmercifully pinned them to the mat.

There is no doubt their medal is being tested.
And come August,
the thrill of victory will likely be drowned out
by the agony of defeat.
The deafening echo of personal pain
that’s tied to human loss.

With all this in mind, our hearts turn Godward.
While some Olympic-hopefuls look forward to their trials,
the hopeless in Myanmar and China look back on theirs.
Trials that convict our consciences and stretch our compassion.

To that end, while runners take their mark in starting blocks,
we would do well to start assuming a posture of prayer.

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IdaLynn Wenhold from Naperville IL writes:
May 20, 2008
Greg - you once again are so on track and in touch with both the hearts of those you write about - and those of us who read. Thank you for putting into words the pain we need to all be in touch with - and the only One who can truly ease it.


Pam Price from Naperville, Illinois writes:
May 20, 2008
How poignant and telling to have our global eyes opened to the true value of life. Global mourning trumps global warming, for it reminds us we need a responsive heart, pocketbook, and life to reach out and help meet the depths of human suffering. We need God!

Thanks Greg for putting the global picture into perspective!

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