Christchurch Shattered.

Canterbury is dear to my heart, as I lived there from 2001 to 2010, working for HP for most of that time and attending the large Vineyard church. One of my friends and colleagues is trained in Urban Search and Rescue and is understandably busy. Unfortunately I have only heard from a few of my other friends so I fear for the safety of those who are not replying. As I’m based in Auckland these days about the only thing I can do is donate and pray, but I might fly down there when things calm down a bit to offer some support if possible.

This video was dedicated to the Haiti quake victims but the sentiment applies to the crushed city of Christchurch also.

Lyrics:

[…] Said, said, said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire light
Log wood burnin’ through the night

Then we would cook cornmeal porridge
Of which I’ll share with you
My feet is my only carriage
So I’ve got to push on through

But while I’m gone
Everything ‘s gonna be alright, everything ‘s gonna be alright
Everything ‘s gonna be alright, everything ‘s gonna be alright
Everything ‘s gonna be alright, everything ‘s gonna be alright
Everything ‘s gonna be alright, everything ‘s gonna be alright
[…]

So woman no cry, no, no woman no cry
Oh, my little sister, don’t shed no tears
No woman no cry

I remember when we use to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire lights
As it was, log would burnin’ through the nights

Then we would cook cornmeal porridge
Of which I’ll share with you
My fear is my only courage
So I’ve got to push on thru

Oh, while I’m gone
No woman no cry, no, no woman no cry
Oh, my little darlin’, don’t shed no tears
No woman no cry,
No woman no cry

Oh my little darlin’, don’t shed no tears
No woman no cry
Little sister, don’t shed no tears
No woman no cry

Psalm 46 is also worth remembering at times like this.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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