Two weeks ago life in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti changed for all of those who call it home when a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the region killing over 200,000 people and leaving many homeless and orphaned. As the days passed, aftershocks continued to rock the small country bringing more death and devastation to an already poor nation.
It was heart wrenching to watch the suffering of the people there with bodies covering streets, and people digging through rubble to find their missing loved ones.
However, when tragedy struck, the world came together to help fellow human beings who were in need. Wars are being fought all over the world and people are killing each other for unfathomable sometimes non-existent reasons. But when this small country needed help, the world came together for the greater good.
Food and water were immediately sent to help the hungry, medical providers from all over the world appeared in Haiti to help all of those they could while volunteers from Mexico, Belgium, the United States and countries from all over the world stepped in to help search for missing persons and provide basic needs.
Millions of dollars poured into the American Red Cross and other providers to ensure that those who are left without homes, food sources or clothing will be taken care of.
Quite honestly, when you really look at the world we live in today, this is nothing short of miraculous. But human beings have an amazing ability to love.
People create miracles each and everyday when they allow their hearts to be open and provide a touch of loving kindness to someone in need.
As we sit in front of our television and computer screens witnessing the destruction from afar it may not seem that sending a little money or food is that big of a deal, but to those who are living in the midst of this tragedy receiving a blanket for warmth or some medicine for pain —these simple acts of kindness are truly miracles to them.
When we utter the words “peace on earth, good will to men,” this is what we mean and when a catastrophe strikes us, let us hope that the world will reach out with loving arms and generous hearts as it has for the people of Haiti.