When Your World Crashes Down

Reflections on a crane collapse in Seattle

When your world crashes down,
your feelings go numb
as you look on in horror
at all that is
that shouldn’t be.
Your heart breaks.
It beats double time
while time stands still.
And all that you can do
is sit with your grief
and cry.

When death crashes in
on those caught unaware,
you reach out
to those who loved them
who shiver in disbelief and shock.
With arms of compassion,
you embrace their pain
and comfort the hurting
and pray.

Lord, help them.
Help us.
We need you!