Rise to the challenge of this epic disaster

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 3, 2005

Last week a colossal natural disaster destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands in South Asia. There are millions today who are without homes and are now at risk for disease as the tsunami spawned by an earthquake of Biblical proportions has impacted every nation on the rim of the Indian Ocean.

Mankind cannot explain why such an act of nature takes place. But we can explain how through it, mankind becomes one.

Those people who died and those who are now suffering did not seek nor did they provoke such a brutal assault from Mother Nature. We can measure the wave and we can measure how hard the earth shook, but it is time to measure something else.

The true measure of mankind around the world in this first truly epic 21st century disaster is how the world rises to master the moment.

As more stories from the region come out, we are learning about heroes who helped save others but then perished themselves. The streets of heaven were too crowded with angels last week,

but every time we think that man has measured our capacity to meet such a challenge, we take a look around and realize that capacity is limitless.

America is one of the richest nations in the world and this disaster hit some of the poorest nations in the world.

We implore you to help the relief agencies with donations and be a hero.

Do what may feel hard now, and know that every little bit helps.

Now is not the time for us to turn away and say that it is not our problem. Mankind is our concern.

So again, we urge you to make some type of monetary donation to a relief organization.

Those poor people didn't deserve this and right now many feel they are alone in the world.

Be one of those who shows them otherwise and that when it comes to Christian charity, America has no equal.