Some months ago - after the tsunami, I posted the following poem - but in light of recent events, I post it again:
Where were you God?
Where were you when the ocean broke the shore?
I was playing on the beach.
Fishing in my boat.
Eating breakfast with my family.
Where were you when the sea sucked lives away?
I was holding on tight until I couldn't.
Afraid and running.
Caught in the swirling chaos.
Where were you when all those people died?
I was struggling to breathe.
Counting the lights entering eternity.
Where were you when the waters receded?
I was standing on the shore.
Weeping with grief.
Aching to hold my lost people.
Where were you in the days that followed?
I was searching and hoping.
Burying the dead.
Seeking shelter, food and comfort.
Where are you now God, where are you now?
I am where you are.
Rev Jennie Gordon
Preston Parish UCA, Vic.