It is sometimes said that the smallest light shines brightest in the darkest night. The central part of Italy (some 150 km from Rome) was hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake (terremoto in Italian, literally ‘moving land’) that has claimed almost 250 lives according to the latest news report. It’s the most serious earthquake to hit the seismically and volcanically active Italy for a while. In the midst of the sorrow and suffering where thousands of families are left homeless and bereft of loved ones, small glimmers of hope continue to emerge. There were reports of an eight-year-old girl pulled from the rubble some 18 hours after the quake and other equally inspiring stories of courage and strength that have come through the local media. We hear of people starting reconstruction campaigns a scant 12 hours after the quake. The light that resides deep within us cannot be extinguished even by terrible events like this. In fact, it is revealed and thus shines even brighter.
On a more personal note, I was very touched by the numerous messages received over the past day from friends from all over the world. Truth be told, I’m not very good at keeping in touch with others but am amazed at the love and concern that poured out in this direction over the past day. This reminds me that the media (social or otherwise) has a great capacity to help us to do good and to show love and is not just a bearer of bad news. However, it still doesn’t quite give me the last push needed to get further into the whole social media thing. Later perhaps.
We’re quite far away from the earthquake being in Genova (or Genoa) in the north of Italy but our thoughts and prayers continue for those affected. We continue to pray especially for the families who have lost loved ones and their homes, for the communities as they seek to recover from the tragedy and for those working tirelessly to give aid to those most in need.