Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why I'm not quite feelin' the Christmas vibes

  • The US is resuming criminal deportations to Haiti this month. (!) 
  • We have had approximately 12 hours of electricity in the past 3 weeks. 
  • Missing family and our friends that aren't here. 
  • Despite evidence of election fraud (see here and here for examples), there are no official plans to annul and redo the elections. 
  • Uncertainty as we wait for the OAS to recount ballots and assist in legal contesting of the results (with no official date set yet to announce those results). 
  • There is still a cholera epidemic spreading throughout Haiti, which has now affected more than 120,000 people. 
  • 1 million Haitians are living under tents almost a year after the earthquake. 
  • It's been almost a year since the earthquake. As in, 3 weeks from now will begin the anniversary of a collectively traumatic experience for this nation (still ongoing in so many ways) as well as a number of the most traumatic days/weeks of my own life. 
  • Martha's got clots. 
    Sorry to be such a grinch but despite baking, decorating and celebrating advent, I don't think I've ever felt less Christmas-y so close to Christmas (which is usually my favorite time of year).

    While I can't wait for 2010 to be over, I realize that I'm terrified of 2011. It feels like this year has been a series of one reaction after another to sometimes life-shattering (earthquake), other times heartbreaking (flooding) or infuriating (election fraud) and often just inconvenient (no electricity) events. It's been difficult to live intentionally in the midst of so much upheaval.

    On a far more positive note, the lunar eclipse on Monday night was red. And spectacular. Did you see it?

    4 comments:

    nerkert said...

    What can I say? We are praying for you. Sometimes it's hard to lay hold of joy, but that doesn't mean that we can't have peace. Here is something that is bound to lift your spirits: get a concordance, and read all of the passages that speak of peace. It's an awesome experience to read them all at once.

    T & T Livesay said...

    listening (in the form of reading this) and understanding ... prayers today.

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    Ruth said...

    I get it. Thanks for telling it like it is.

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