On the first day of the week after Jesus was crucified, women went to his grave expecting to find death. There was an earthquake (Matthew 28:2) and suddenly everything was different. A messenger of resurrection told them, "He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said" (6). As they hurried to tell others, Jesus met them (8-9).
An earthquake devastated Haiti in January 2010. Honestly, even before the quake, those going to Haiti would have expected to find poverty, malnutrition, disease and injustice. The power of death in its manifold expressions blinded many from seeing the deep faith, the strong perseverance and the rich culture of the Haitian people.
Looking at Haiti today, it is understandable that one would describe the country on the basis of the piles of rubble left in the aftermath of the earthquake. Some 1 million people still live in tent cities. One cannot deny the death, the destruction, the rubble.
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