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Prayers for Japan

I’d planned to get a ton of work done this morning but now I can’t tear my eyes away from TV coverage of Japan’s quake and tsunami.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.  If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne’s words are especially apt right now, applied not to Europe but to an island nation that must feel as if it has been washed away by the sea.  Words fail me.  I can only say “Lord, have mercy.”

 

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