our folded hands
fly like warm cranes of comfort
spreading sacred shawls

 

The people of Japan need our help in so many ways.  If the only thing your circumstances allow you to do is pray, do not feel helpless.  A wise friend once told me, prayer is not the least you can do for someone;  it is the most you can do. 

Have you ever heard the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes

Making paper cranes would be a meaningful activity to do with your kids as you help them deal with their sadness and worry over the tragedies in Japan.  Here are instructions:

http://www.wikihow.com/Fold-a-Paper-Crane

Fold your hands.  Send the Japanese people your love and peace.

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