The very recent 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the violent aftershocks, tsunamis, landslides, etc that followed have been HEAVY on my heart recently! Please take a moment to read this relatively short poem that I wrote this evening and my thoughts that follow.


The foundation of their world has been shaken

With lives so quickly taken.

Swept off to sea in the current

What kinds of emotions does this warrant?

Anger and sadness lead to tears

While families look back on the years.

Dad is missing. Mom’s been found dead.

The reality of death hangs over their heads.

Huddled together, the eldest cooks

His younger sister clutches a book.

They eat in solemn silence

Taking in the view of nature’s violence.

Their home was swallowed by the ocean.

They try to hold back floods of emotion.

I have no money to send

No time to lend,

But I have shed tears

And WILL cry out to my Father’s listening ears!

Lord, protect these broken people,

Turn their eyes to Your Church’s steeple!

Brothers and Sisters, join me in prayer

As Japan rebuilds its’ cities, ask for the Lord’s favor!

It is my prayer that this poem has some sort of impact on your heart and that it will drive you to your knees in prayer for our brothers and sisters just across the Pacific. How dare we rest in comfort while they suffer and turn a blind eye to their needs. PLEASE lift the broken people of Japan up in prayer. Consider giving if you have the affluence to do so. If the LORD leads you to, then make the trip to serve alongside the various humanitarian organizations that are attempting to help! Take action my friends! James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”


Justin Meyer

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