Friday evening, I sung this line at a Christmas Eve church service from Joy to the World:

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,Far as the
curse is found,Far as, far as, the curse is found.
Now today I hear that the death toll in the South Asia tsunami is over a 100,000. Some would say there is a disconnect here, that the song is just wishful thinking, that the incarnation of Jesus is just a tradition; and that catastrophe’s like the tsunami are the reality of a harsh world. I disagree. The pain and greif caused by these waves are a result of living in a cursed world, and will remain so until the end of time. Some I’m sure, believe they know the particulars of the mind of providence about this. I certainly don’t want to claim any knowledge of Providence’s particulars – which would be foolish.
We live in a world where death, destruction and pain have been
the norm. Most of us will die in unpleasant, painful ways. Which is why it
is important to not pass over the glow of Christmas so quickly. Anyone who
just spent weeks celebrating the incarnation has an obligation to at least
pray for the millions affected by this curse of creation. Where possible, monetary donations are appropriate to groups like:

And to be discerning of groups that would take advantage of the
genorisity of others as the New
Sun reports