We were discussing the bushfires in Mothers' Group on Tuesday, and again at bible study last night. The consensus has been that they're one of those events that stick in your head ... like the gulf war, Princess Diana's death and 9 11.
They bring a rather stoic, reserved nation to tears. There's something heartbreaking about watching your prime minister struggle to keep composed on television.
They show up the worst in humanity - arson, looting, the selfishness of people, a rejection of how God would have us live.
But there is hope too. In the 8 year old Girl Guide who asks her leader, "What are we going to do to help the bushfire people". In the blood, food, toys and clothes donated. The hugs given to the suffering.
We pray that those affected would know the eternal hope found in Jesus. We thank God for the generosity of total strangers, for the courage of fire fighters.
To donate to the relief efforts, click here.
To find out more about the hope found in Jesus, click here.