why haiti?

babies hold no secrets.

when Aiden’s happy, his smile seems to swallow his head…

and when he’s sad, his face folds like an accordion, in seconds flat.

God, too, must grin like this.

and God, too, must cry… for we are made in Heaven’s image.

my baby reflects the holy…

and so, i worship a God who has red-rimmed eyes.

a God who weeps, when things like Haiti happen.

a God who falls against the side of Heaven and yells, Why? into swirling-nothing: Why did they have to get hurt? Why sin? Why evil? Why?

i see His radiance shatter across that graveyard-island: gentle hands, lifting children from beneath buildings, stroking cheeks of mourning mothers, resting on the heads of broken fathers… and I see Him


by the mass horror


by the sheer loss

and … wearied. wanting to bring us all home.



  1. Ammee said,

    January 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    First — I think Aiden is super cute in that pic — second, I don’t think God asks why — I think cries, but He already knows reasons (or non-reasons), we just don’t understand His ways.

    love you!

  2. Linda said,

    January 27, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Yes to all of this Em. I like to imagine too that He delights in knowing the hope we have; the joys that He has prepared for us. Just as we eagerly anticipate watching our children open and receive the gifts we have chosen for them with such love and care.
    This is just beautiful Em – as always.

  3. January 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Yes. He loves. And you are loved.

    Dropped a little love your way in my little corner of the world today;


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