A Tribute to Japan

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I was in Asia two weeks ago when the tsunami hit.  Though I was in the region, I was in a place not immediately impacted by the disaster. 

I know several people in Japan.  After making or trying to make contact with several of them, I discovered that they were very measured in their response.  Their compassion for those affected was high.  Their eagerness to help was moving.  Their resolve to make it through was clear. 

What I didn't hear was panic or despair or assigning blame or any form of over-reaction or caustic criticism.  As a result, they had the ability to focus upon remedy, rebuilding and reaching people in a tangible way.  That is how to make something good out of something bad.  That is how to keep the eyes open enough to see potential out of the wreckage. 

I wish that people around the world could see how much hope comes from those who channel their love and will toward blessing, restoring and planning for good.  There would be no disaster big enough to rock our world if a God-sized faith and love was securely in place. 

Matthew Thomas
By Matthew Thomas

In my sixth decade of seeing God work simply increases my faith. Born in California, raised in Washington, ministered in Washington, Oregon, Canada, Philippines, Idaho and now all over the world has given me reason to believe and praise. My wife, Marlene and four children (Luke, Mitch, Samuel and Charese) give me reason to give deep thanks. My eight beautiful grandchildren (Jalen, Jordan, Katelin, Andrew, Eli, Callia, Asher and Mikaela) give me reason to see that grace reaches beyond our immediate present into our un-conceived future. Serving with a great team in the Free Methodist Church makes me a blessed person in a blessed place, serving with blessed people.

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