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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WOYWW: A State of Calamity


My desk is still in a mess today for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday but it is nothing compared to the state of calamity that Typhoon Haiyan, said to be the strongest storm ever to hit land, left the eastern part of the Philippines in.  In the words of a CNN report, "The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents' arms. A death toll that may reach 10,000. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact."

http://www.theguardian.com/
From the time the typhoon struck early Friday morning until yesterday, our cook could not get in touch with her family in Leyte.  She saw news of the devastation in her hometown, with all the homes gone, but she had no idea if her family survived.  Yesterday, she finally got the good news that although her family no longer had a home, they were NOT among the thousands who died in the storm.  Thank you, Lord!

Last month, there was a strong earthquake in a another part of the country and we had not even recovered from that calamity when this destructive typhoon hit. The need is just so great and no matter how much we, who are safe and dry, try to help, it just isn't enough. And that is why, even if I don't want to give you bad news, I decided to share with you. If you would like to help, CNN has a report on how to help survivors.  Any amount will help because even just $5 will feed a family for three to four days.

We have also had a rough weekend with my Mom's health and we continue to fervently pray for her. Through all this, I remember the words of Viktor Frankl, a survivor of the Nazi prison camps, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

And so I choose to say, together with the Psalmist, the words of Psalm 46...


I'm also sharing this illustration in Word Art Wednesday.  Thank you for dropping by!  I'm sorry but it has been extra difficult to find time to go visiting.  I hope your days have been more tranquil than mine.  Be blessed, my dear blog friends!

36 blog hugs:

Regina Hamilton said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are okay. I will be prayer for you and everyone affected by the storm. #13

Sandy said...

So glad that you and yours are ok.. It just looks so bad on the news and seems to be taking forever for help to be getting to where it is needed.. I see on the news here in Australia they are sending a pop up hospital with doctors that is heading off today with supplies to be able to help for 10,000.. (((Hugs)))
Sandy :)

VonnyK said...

Glad you are okay and I hope that help comes quickly for those in need. Nature is beautiful but can be so horrible at times.
Von #26

Helen said...

So glad you are ok, and that your cook's family have survived. the devastation truly looks awful. Helen 17

Ali H said...

I have been thinking you this week & hoping you are safe. I hope the help for your poor fellow countrymen will get through soon. Remembering you in my prayers. Ali x ~34

martinealison said...

Bonjour,
Tout comme vous je suis très triste pour l'ensemble du peuple Philippin.
Je veux exprimer toute ma compassion, ma solidarité et mes sincères condoléances. Je tiens de tout mon coeur à rendre hommage aux victimes, aux survivants et aux secouristes.
Les Philippines est un pays que j'affectionne particulièrement... J'y ai des attaches personnelles...
Un bel hommage.
Gros bisous

Julia Dunnit said...

Grateful for your safety Peggy, and adding your Mother to my embrace. Xx

JoZart said...

It really is a time for us here to be grateful for all we have and to embrace our loved ones. Beautiful post and I am sure there will be lots of love and help flowing from WOYWWers here. I hope the iAd from the world reaches the survivors asap.
Thinking of you...
Jo x

Morti said...

Good news to hear that your family, and that of your cook, is ok, and sending strength to you to cope with your Mum's illness. Keep smiling, keep your faith, keep your heart light and that will lighten others...

Much love....

Neil said...

Hi there. Just popping my head round the door to say hi.
I am grateful to hear that you and yours are safe and also the good news about your cooks family. Your quote and illustration are a blessing and inspiration so thank you for taking time to share.
Hope you have a blessed week too.
Neil#39

Annie said...

Our thoughts and prayers are constantly coming your way. Nature can be so destructive can't it? Lets hope the help arrives for all before they suffer any more.
Hugs,
A x # 47

Cardarian said...

My prayers, big hugs and love are being sent to you and all the people in your country!
Trust in God and all will be good!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Bridget Larsen said...

Totally understand that you cant visit desks but know that we are thinking of you and your countrymen and women and praying that help arrives quickly as we hear on the news that its hard to get to those stricken places
Bridget #6

Roberta B said...

Thanks for sharing your photos and bright blessing to you and yours. Roberta 68

adele said...

Thanks for the post, I was thinking of you when I've heard the news.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

So glad you are ok and were able to post this week. What a horrific mess. My post on WOYWW shows a photo of children with folded hands.
I hope they can remain strong thru God's love and help.

trisha too said...

So glad to see you here, and have an update from you and your sister.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cazzy said...

Hi Peggy,

I am happy that you are fine and your cook's family too. A little good news helps with all the bad news, of which I am sure there is more to come.
I have donated a little, had to do it.
I am feeling so moved by your post I am in tears.
Cazzy x #87

Gita said...

It's nice to hear that you are your family are ok -- however it's so sad to see the devastation there. So many people are gone and have lost so much. Hope your mom feels better too!! Brigita #88

Saints Rule! said...

Thankful that you are safe! Praying for you! Thanks for joining us at Word Art Wednesday!

Jana TangledPen said...

Very well said... beautiful illustration.
Kind regards from Jana #67

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Glad you are OK but of the waiting to make contact - that must have been hard for her. Lovely sentiment in a difficult time.

Stay safe

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (20)

Carole said...

I cannot imagine the devastation...the pain and sorrows of thousands. Prayers of strength and support for all. Carole #97

Lisa-Jane said...

You must all feel so helpless. We do but we are far away. We're having a bake and toy sale Wednesday to raise funds. I think your art is just perfect for this situation. Blessings to you all #49

Krisha said...

Many prayers coming your way.
Stay safe as possible and keep each other warm.
Krisha #4

Christine said...

Thank you for your message earlier and for today's news - I can only pray and direct my prayers as best as I can.
Be uplifted by His Grace
Bishopsmate #99

Caro said...

So glad to hear you are safe. I am praying for your country and that aid gets where it is needed. I just love your page reminding us that God is our refuge and our strength. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#72)

fairy thoughts said...

Both you and patsy have been in my thoughts since it happenedthank goodness you are both ok. Blogging is a wonderful thing as it shows you people are thinking of you and help is on its way it is going to take a long time to rebuild but your spirit is strong
Janet #38

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Bless you and yours!

My name is Cindy said...

Glad to hear you and yours are OK. The devastation is unimaginable for most of us. Wonderful uplifting sentiment. Pls don't worry about visiting, I'm sure you have much more important things to do, I just popped over to check on you Hugs, Cindy #54

505whimsygirl said...

I've been thinking about you and your family. Also, great news regarding your cook's family. I hope your mom's health improves; just having family around is soothing, I'm sure.

Not participating this week but wanted to come by and see if you posted anything.

Hugs,
Kay

Karen Letchworth said...

Thank you for sharing the photo. I have been praying for the people and for God's blessing and provision, and that the little bit I've been able to give (and that others give) will be used by Him to bring the help needed. I've also been praying for your Mother, and hope she is doing better. Thanks for sharing with us, and have a blessed week.
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Neet said...

Blessings to you too. I am including your mum in prayer and also the people in your country. It is heartbreaking to hear about the devastation over there.
Peggy, that illustration is beautiful and thought provoking.
Thank you and take care
Hugs, neet
ps glad your lady got news from her family

Debs Willis said...

Glad you're ok, keeping you in my thoughts
Deb #78

Papercrafting Princess said...

Thank you for sharing and I'm glad to know you are okay. Prayers have gone up for your mother. Your work continues to inspire.

Shoshi said...

Peggy, I've been thinking of both you and Patsy over the past days, and praying that you would be OK. I am so glad to hear that all is well with you, despite the awful disaster in part of your country. The Psalm you chose is so appropriate - and also happens to be one of my absolute favourites! "Be still and know that I am God." "The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

God bless you and keep you safe.
Shoshi

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