Friday, March 11, 2011

What Captures a Heart

Pam Broucinek, wife of one of our Wildmen wrote this in response to the Earthquake in Japan and the subsequent Tsunamis.

What Captures a Heart

Trying to place myself in the grievous fray.
In truth I feel planets away.
Trying to grieve for those whose life
Will never be the same.
Suppose it was here; suppose it was us…

Staring incredulous at a screen
Yet all the miles between,
And all the demands and frivolities
Of my day
Pull my heart away,
And the anguish reverts to news.
Suppose it was here; suppose it was us…

God let me know in my heart, not just sense
That my life, life, can change in a beat,
And the consequence of not living in You
And for You but to retreat
To what is known, predictable, neat
Is not living.
Suppose it was here; suppose it was us…

Let my heart break a bit; let my prayers rise on tears,
Let me carry awhile one whose world now
swept in fear.
Let my hands move as Christ’s; guide me to help.
You must.
Suppose it was here; suppose it was us.


  1. Copied from CBS news.

    Here are ways viewers can help:


    The American Red Cross is collecting donations for its disaster relief efforts to help people in Japan and throughout the Pacific.

    Save the Children is collecting donations and has dispatched an international emergency team to assist staff in Japan.

    International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Fund is collecting donations and is preparing to send relief teams and supplies to the country.

    The Salvation Army is collecting donations while its counterpart in Japan responds to victims' needs.

    Donations to GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund will be distributed to a variety of relief and emergency services agencies.

    From Your Phone

    The American Red Cross is also collecting donations via text message. Donors can text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10 for relief efforts.

    The Salvation Army is collecting $10 donations for each text with the words "Quake" or "Japan" sent to 80888. Donations can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

    By Mail

    Check donations for The Salvation Army's Japan efforts must be marked "Japan earthquake relief" and sent to:

    The Salvation Army
    P.O. Box 1959
    Atlanta, GA

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