By Ruth Sakstad
I've been watching the news over the last couple of months as catastrophe after catastrophe happens around the world - earthquakes, tsunamis, wild fires, wars. The aid workers around the world can't keep up.
I believe that this is the time for Christians to step up to the plate as never before. I haven't been able to get out of my mind the thousands of Japanese people who went to a Christless eternity last weekend. Families were torn apart. Parents have lost their children, children have lost their parents. My heart aches for them.
I also realize that all of the things did not catch God by surprise and He can work things out for good even though we have no idea how.
All of these catastrophes have caused me to move my prayers from the simple "God bless me and my family" to something deeper and outside myself.
The earth groans but God is still in control. For that I am very grateful.