There is that feeling of helplessness, of wanting to do something practical - to be of help.
To be sat back in England with the fridge to sort out after Christmas seems a bit tasteless. Sitting watching a film munching the last of the Christmas treats seems to have lost its appeal.
Jonny points to a new design of church inspired by small ritual - I get the concept - but as I look around for images and facts about how The Salvation Army is involved [lastest news here; other images here] it struck me that it isn't that new a design!
The feelings of helplessness are still there but knowing that salvationist colleagues were in the rubble and brokenness within hours offering assistance helps. Knowing that 1000's are being offered support, food and shelter. Knowing that airport chaplains are involved with those returning has helped. And knowing that we are just one of many denominations working shoulder to shoulder helps me realise we are doing something.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)