Today there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.3 that hit off the coast of Samoa, a small group of islands northeast of New Zealand. It wasn't a big deal for me here in Christchurch, though there was a tsunami warning in the morning. It was a big deal for the Samoans.
Reports are coming in that the resulting tsunamis have wiped out entire villages, killed dozens and injured many and generally wreaked havoc. I know the scale of the disaster is way off (so far), but I was reminded of, of course, the boxing day tsunami that hit Sri Lanka.
Maybe I'm being dramatic, but when you're far away from home and your loved ones, you wonder what might happen if something happened to the people you care about. The only thing you want to do is call home and tell them you're safe.
That leads me to the point of the post. I can't even begin to imagine what the families and friends of people who were in Samoa this morning are feeling, but, if you've got a moment, please pray for the people who are still on the islands; pray for those who are injured or in trouble or who are in need of help; pray for the familes and friends of those affected, either by the loss of a loved one or the loss of a livelihood; and pray that God's guiding force would be in the rescue and aid workers who are there right now.
Thanks for reading,