An apology, and a prayer

I’ve been sitting here tearing my hair out at the incredulity of the situation that’s unfolded in New Orleans. "Why has it taken so long to help these people?" goes the cry, and I have joined the chorus. But then I just realised that I have also been ridiculously slow to act: these past days I have posted on scholarly biblical blah, and candy-floss Mormonalia. I apologise. There are more important things right now (although some of the Mormonads have been killer!) I believe that there is a huge amount of faith in the Bloggernacle, and we have had prayers answered before. I hope we will continue to join our faith as a Mormon blogging community and pray to our Heavenly Father to bless those affected by this tragedy, to guide those who are offering aid, and to lead us to offer help where we can. Thank-you to Gordon Smith, Geoff B., Julie M. Smith, Artemis, Greg, Lyle, and others who have already made Katrina-relief the focus of their thoughts. I am sorry that I haven’t.


  1. Eric Russell says:


    I appreciate your post and share your sentiments. But on continued thought, I have wondered if they were just sentiments, after all. You suggest that our time ought to be occupied with thoughts of the disaster. But the utilitarian in me asks, what good does that accomplish? On a superficial, emotional level it seems as if that’s the right thing to do, but I wonder if that’s necessarily so.

    I was at a funeral once where I saw people laughing, and my knee-jerk reaction was that that was horrible. But I later began to wonder, is that not what the dead would want of us?

    I eventually decided that the best thing we can do in response to difficult times is not to stop what we were already doing, but to continue on exactly as before – assuming, of course, that what we were doing in the first place was the right thing. If not, it’s a good time for a reevaluation of priorities.

  2. I agree with Eric. If you aren’t going to actually DO something, what’s the point of thinking about it more than anything else?

    I’ve been praying, and will be increasing this month’s fast offering donation this Sunday, but honestly, there’s not really a whole lot I can do.

    No reason to apologise.

  3. Good points, but where does “mourn with those who mourn” come in?

  4. And let me add this:

    We (at least I do) tend to blog about what concerns us at that moment, the thoughts we have had during that day. Obviously, then, Katrina was not high on my list of priorities. I agree that “talk” without “action” does nothing. But if I wasn’t willing to talk, I probably wasn’t going to think to act either.

    I also feel, STRONGLY, that had the Bloggernacle been around after 9/11, we would have been consumed by “talk.” If I’m right, that deserves some reflection.