Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Every member of our staff of eight has lost one or more members of their immediate families to death in the last two years. We have had nine members of neighbors' families lose at least one member in the last year. Malaria is the big killer with AIDS close behind. Widows with small children are the ones that bother me the most. Sometimes I am too emotional to do this kind of work, but maybe that's not such a bad thing. I would hate to be callous or fatalistic about the death and suffering because I would be unlikely to work to change things if I was. There are times when we weep as a family which bothers the staff because the culture here is not to cry. Crying watching "Bambi" really confuses them. It is better that we mourn whether vicariously or for real because Christ said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." I will be happy when that comfort comes, in the meantime we just do every day what we have been called to do--you do, too. God bless all who try, who struggle to make a difference. Without you, nothing changes, and that is unacceptable. Help those who need you even if it is emotionally painful--God sees all and loves you all the more for your suffering. Thanks be to God.