Sunday, June 19, 2011

Shizugawa High School

March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake devastated Japan and ruined over half the country. My sister is living in Tokyo and was in the subway on her way home from work when the quake his her small sector of Chiba Shin-Urayasu and engulfed her in one of the largest world disasters to date.

We have all read the news, seen the photos, watched the video clips, and read the miraculous stories of miracles and survivors. Sadly, the reality is that this is not a cinderella story and not everyone gets a lucky ending. This video was filmed by those who made it out on time and documented the trauma of watching their city, community, and homes reduce into rubble through the vigorous waves of the storm.

As you watch this I implore you to think of your own lives; your homes, families, community, neighbors, friends. These men and women sat helpless as they watched the accumulation of their lives drift away and come crashing down around them. All the dreams, hope, tears, hard work, and success of their past was demolished in a matter of minutes with the power of water, leaving behind a muddy trail of broken hearts and soggy dreams.

We are all children of God struggling to return to our heavenly home and I hope we can keep our brothers and sisters in Japan in our hearts and prayers as they make the terrifying trek back to stability.


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