15 January 2010

Share Your Faith Question #1: Hope & Help

"In every community there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it." -- Marianne Williamson

On Tuesday evening, the island nation of Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. It is the most severe seismic event to happen in that part of the world in 200 years and only the latest in a series of natural disasters to affect Haiti.

In this time of crisis---a time when devastation is widespread, many people are facing personal tragedy, and relief is slow to arrive---communities of faith both in Haiti and abroad are coming together to provide solace for their members and to help the Haitian people rebuild, recover, and heal. (To donate to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's earthquake relief fund, please click here.)

As the clip above shows, demonstrations of hope are often as spontaneous as they are necessary. No matter the circumstances, a beloved community will find a way (and a place) to gather and support its members. It will sing and pray together, grieve and love.

When and how has a community provided for you, either spiritually or materially (or both?) How did the experience of receiving hope and help affect you?

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