Pray for those who are suffering
Jyoti Sharma, President FORCE posted this in Environment Protection, Jal Rakshak, Uncategorized, Water Wisdom on September 22nd, 2010
Oh God! I’m feeling miserable!
It’s 12.30 in the night, as the rain pours incessantly, suddenly the sight of those black polythene sheet covered hutments that I had seen just last week, flashes across my eyes. In my mind I saw the old man telling me about daily wages in UP, the young kids playing around and begging to be photographed , the goat chewing placidly and the young men teaching us how to steal the pavement hand-rails…..and suddenly it hit me…….this was a tragedy I was watching unfold.
I remembered that long unending row of polythene sheet rooftops flapping in the wind – on the bank of the floodplain near Mayur Vihar. I remembered those thousands of the city’s poor trying to somehow hang on till the Yamuna let go of their homes on its river bed…….and it scared me. I wonder how they are coping right now – with the river lapping at their feet and the rain drumming on their heads.
I love the rain…….I respond to it like a flower does to dewdrops. It energises me, excites me, makes me feel satiated…..And yet, today, when I remember those faces, I find myself torn between my love for the rain and fear of the havoc it has created.
Today, I feel the fear of someone who has nowhere to go. I am now sitting in my bed cuddled up with my family, praying with all my heart that all those I love so much, should never have to face such trauma.
So my delightful rain, and my beautiful river, it breaks my heart to say this – but please, please will you go away? You’re angry, I know…..but must you make the poor innocents suffer? They are as much victims of greed & apathy , as you are. Take care of them, my dear …for they share your fate.
Jal Rakshaks – let’s pray for an end to this suffering. And, when many honest hearts cry out for God’s help – with their prayers – He cannot help but answer.
Wherever we are, at 2 pm everyday, let us all take 2 minutes out to pray – and ask God to placate Nature’s fury.
Don’t forget – 2 pm – let us all rise and pray.
…… and tell all those around you to do the same
Jyoti Sharma, FORCE