The Cycle of Destruction, Praise and Redemption

I experienced lots of emotions during our time in Haiti. It felt like a roller coaster ride, and at one moment I was on the mountain top experiencing wonderful feelings of joy, and the next moment I was plummeted to the valley and felt despair.

It was up and down the entire time, and it has felt much that way since I have been home. This trip will take a lifetime to process, and I hope that it will continue to transform me. I hope that I continue to wrestle with what I experienced.

Destruction. Praise. Redemption.

Those are just three adjectives that I have been swirling around in my mind the entire time. Though you could not be physically present with us on the trip, I know many of you were there in spirit, and through your prayers.

I want to leave you with three videos that have resonated with me the most and I hope that they can move you to action.

Destruction

(The Drive through Port au Prince video by Adam McLane)

Praise

(Haitian worship service video by Lars Rood)

Redemption

(Redemption video by Ian Robertson)

1 Comment

  1. by katy on February 20, 2010  11:59 pm Reply

    Dude..you have to have these lyrics posted. Incredible, here you go-
    Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" as sung by Rudy, Lyrics:
    Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
    Sold I to the merchant ships,
    Minutes after they took I
    From the bottomless pit.
    But my hand was made strong
    By the 'and of the Almighty.
    We forward in this generation
    Triumphantly.
    Won't you help to sing
    This songs of freedom
    'Cause all I ever have:
    Redemption songs;
    Redemption songs.

    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
    None but ourselves can free our minds.
    Have no fear for atomic energy,
    'Cause none of them can stop the time.
    How long shall they kill our prophets,
    While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
    Some say it's just a part of it:
    We've got to fullfil the book.

    Won't you help to sing
    This songs of freedom-
    'Cause all I ever have:
    Redemption songs;

    Metaphors, analogies, life lessons abound. I love how Rudy simply says, "That's all" at the end of the song. As if it's that simple. Maybe it is. Love this

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