"May this grim spectacle of loss prompt us to cling ever more closely to all that is precious in our lives, and may it stir in our oft deadened hearts a great generosity of tears and treasure."
The Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president, in a prayerful response to the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster that killed an estimated 160,000.
Left: Along Sri Lanka's east coast, a stone cross—displaced from a graveyard tomb—lies in the sand amid the rubble of the tsunami disaster's aftermath. Kieran Doherty | Reuters photo.