This is one time when I could not hope to say it better (from a Sri Lanka blog at www.wavesofhope.org ):
Hope on Sri Lanka
General— Lastnode @ 10:35 am
Today, on the first day of a New Year, we grieve for our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We grieve because we, as a country, could not save them from this terrible tragedy. We grieve, because deep inside we know that Sri Lanka will never be the same again.
But today I say to you Sri Lanka, there is hope. It may be just around the corner, it may be miles away. But there is hope. And as you stoop down to move that piece of rubble, as you cellotape that thousandth package or as your eyes close from the lack of sleep, know that there is a reason, a method to this madness. Know that what you do matters, to all of us, to Sri Lanka.
Forget the threatening calls, forget the free advice. They sit in their air conditioned rooms while we walk the field, treading over rubble they haven’t seen - not even on TV. We have witnessed with our own eyes the sorrow of Sri Lanka, and because of this, we are the most equipped to help. Let the empty vessels talk, we will not listen. We will not step down till Sri Lanka stands tall once more.
To all those who are working hard day and night to help our country at this time of need, I say well done and God Bless. This new year is far from happy, but people like you give us all hope.
Hope on Sri Lanka. Hope on.
Note from the other side of the world: many of us are grieving along with you, hold you in our thoughts and prayers and are trying to be helpful by donating money to charity. Let us know if there is something more we can do. Many of us realize that this is the worst natural disaster that we will ever see….. and rest assured, you will get back on your feet again!
Comment by Susan - USA — 1/1/2005