Responding to Haiti: Singing in Solidarity

Brad M. Griffin | Jan 14, 2010

The headlines have been as grim as the details: Haiti waits in ruins for international aid, Bodies lining Haitis roadsides, and worse. But as we pray, watch, give toward relief efforts, and wonder how to else respond to this weeks tragedy (I daresay some of you are getting on planes and boats in hands-on response), one line in Wednesday nights L.A. Times update caught my attention: As darkness fell on Haiti’s capital tonight, crowds gathered in the streetsTheir lives turned upside down by Tuesday’s devastating magnitude 7 earthquake, many survivors broke out into communal song

I dont know what they were singing, but its striking to think about. Earlier Wednesday I was at a memorial service here at Fuller for my colleague Ruth Vuong, our Dean of Students who tragically died last week. At that service, in the midst of our grief and questioning, we did the same: together, we sang our lament. We sang because its what we do when we gather to remember, feel, and express something beyond usin this case lamenting the sting of death in our community.

So as we respond in tangible and intangible ways to our sisters and brothers in Haiti facing unspeakable loss, may we also join in their song with songs of our own that express the questions and pain alongside the hope for Gods presence and power. As we sing in solidarity with the poor and devastated, may our God move us to deeper response. Heres one to start:

Out of the depths we cry to you, Lord;

Lord, hear our voices.

Let your ears be attentive to our cry for mercy.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,

And in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:1-2, 5

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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