Well, this Haiti earthquake has finally shaken me from my blogging holiday. I didn’t know what to write as January came around. I didn’t want to write on resolutions. So I’ve skipped a few weeks. But I think this has gotten all of our attention. I know your heart was probably moved as mine was with the initial news. But let us not get callous as the overwhelming mass of data floods in. Yes, it is on every channel all the time. But those are still real people in need. I have been encouraged by how much response there has already been to this disaster. If you are still looking for ways to respond, here are a few…

You can click here and donate:

World Vision has been on the ground from the moment of the quake and is providing aid to as many as possible. If you’d like to be involved more long-term, you can go to worldvision.org and sponsor a child from Haiti.

And now is not the time to argue about which aid organization you prefer. If you like Compassion, give here.

To donate to Unicef, click here.

You can text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. It will be charged to your phone bill.

As I’ve said a couple of times already, you can buy a T-shirt where the proceeds go directly to aid in Haiti. You can find that here:

Most of us understand the story of the Good Samaritan. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Well, I think for most of us, if we were homeless, hurting, scared, hungry, without shelter, food, clothing, medicine, we would appreciate some help. I think most of us understand that. Most of us understand that Haiti is our neighbor. It is the poorest country in our side of the world, and that was before the earthquake. I think most of our hearts break when we see the pictures on the news of these poor people. So I’ll close with these words from the end of that story in Luke 10…

“Which of those three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”

And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Thanks for loving your neighbor. And for listening to me.