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Outstretched Arms
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One could write a book about the heartache in Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the country. We’ve watched as the world came together to give aid to those left injured and homeless. Thousands of relief workers have arrived on the scene to care for the Haitians.

My husband is one of those volunteers and became friends with a doctor serving in a tent city of 15,000 displaced Haitians. The doctor told him the following sad but beautiful experience he had shortly after the earthquake.

“A Christian man came in for treatment with injuries to his lower body. As I treated him, the man began to tell me his story. His toddler son was lying on his lap when the quake hit. A wall fell on them, pinning them down. The boy was pinned to his father’s lap--with his little arms outstretched. The father was unable to move to help his son. The worst part is that the two lay there helpless for three days as the father was forced to watch his son die.

Imprints of His Child's Bones

“The imprints of his child’s bones were still in this father's lap when I examined him. When I was finished, I told the man how very sorry I was that this tragedy had happened. I said, ‘I cannot fully comprehend the pain you must feel. I've never lost a child.’ But then I think God gave me the words to say next. I told him, 'But I know Someone who fully understands your pain. God Himself watched helplessly as His Son died--arms outstretched, too. He understands your pain very personally.’”

The doctor said the man's whole countenance changed as he began to realize that God really did understand his grief. It was just what he needed to hear. He went away greatly comforted because he was no longer carrying his burden alone.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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