When the earthquake hit, it didn’t matter who stood the tallest...everyone was brought to his or her knees. When the ocean crossed its established boundary and swept through the land without apology, everyone was victimized. It didn’t matter what their socio-economic class was or where they lived. You cannot buy off a natural disaster, even if you are the wealthiest person on earth. Nature was not discriminating. When the wave went back out to sea and people were left with splinters instead of houses and their possessions were strewn across miles of soil and ocean, it didn't matter who was more beautiful or more attractive to look at. Everyone faced the same devastation. We are all the same.
When life gets flipped upside down like it did in Japan this past week, we begin to really see that when it all boils down, the things we chase after so hard and with such fervency are not the things that matter at all. We all have needs, we all love deeply, we all suffer loss. It doesn’t matter how much money we make, how famous we are, how beautiful we are or how prestigious our job is in the world. Everyone is equal in suffering. We are all the same.
Today, while we go about our busy lives, seeking after money, fame, beauty and prestige – the things that matter the least - may we stop to pray for those in Japan and other hard-hit disaster areas and remember….we are all the same. We may not be in the throws of suffering as they are, but we are just as vulnerable, because we are all the same.
God, please give us eyes to see and hearts to love. Give us the gift of Your perspective in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Help us to see past this worldly vanity and instead to embrace the love, compassion and truth that You offer to us. Help us to remember that You love us all...the same.