AT THE WATERS’ EDGE….One of the many articles I read today about the tsunamis in southeast Asia included a description of the waves, and the devastation they caused, as biblical. With the death tolls reaching levels the mind can barely grasp, the disaster does seem to belong to another age. In the midst of our iPod-enhanced lives, it can be easy to forget that despite amazing advances, we are still not able to cure–or even diagnose–many diseases and we cannot prevent–or even, it seems, accurately predict–earthquakes and other natural disasters. Such massive destruction is truly humbling.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to those whose lives have been tossed upside-down by the waters. And if you care to send more direct assistance, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have set up a special fund for tsunami victims and Doctors Without Borders is also accepting donations for assistance.

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.