Courage and Humility — A Tribute to the Japanese People

A Physical Map of Japan

Good Morning, God!

In the past few days I have gotten two memorable posts on Japan. The first was an email from a friend who has a son living in Japan. It contained stories of the Japanese people’s responses to the assorted traumas from the Earthquake, Tsunami and what followed.

In one of them a person reports “I saw some small children speaking to the train conductor. The said, “Thank you for working so hard yesterday to keep the trains running.” The conductor started to cry. I did, too.  In another report a man said to a a train conductor, “Things sure are tough” regarding the decision to run the trains all night. The conductor smiled and said, “The times call for it.”

Another report was of a woman giving out free bread, and another of a woman holding a sign to people walking by — for hours — saying her bathroom was open to people in need of it.

Ah, God. affirming one another — by word or by deed — is a strengthening act. These quotes gave me hope. Courage has a ripple effect — in the Tahrir Square, or on the trains in Japan. Thank You, God, for people making me proud to be human!

The second email was about the Tsunami, not people, and it humbled me. It was a video of the ocean water flowing in to a Japanese city — flowing in and in and in — picking up cars, then trucks, and finally large buildings and just floating them off. I kept waiting, God, for the water to stop. To recede. It just kept coming. My understanding has been STRETCHED way beyond comfort. But, that, too, is good. Thank YOU, God!


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