I don't want to see babies crying in rubble and mother's scanning survivor lists and graphics of approaching radiation clouds. I don't want to see a video of family who can only talk to their daughter through the foggy glass of a hazardous exposure containment site where she's being held, or an aerial shot of how someone has srawled "SOS FOOD" in Japanese on the sand along a Pacific beach where once there was a town. I don't want to look at the image of a toddler walking with terror into a decontamination shower to be scrubbed within an inch of his little life--knowing full well he'll probably end up with cancer before he finishes high school anyway.
I don't want to see pictures of grown men and women forced to stand in the cold for days on end at a capitol building, just so they can have the chance to keep their jobs--jobs that pay enough and are secure enought so they can feed their kids and go to the doctor--maybe own a house to live in one day and help their kids go to college if they are lucky. I don't want to see clips of high profile republican media figures claiming my God doesn't support the right of workers to earn a living wage, or that my God brought devastation down upon a nation of families in the form of earthquake, fire, poison and flood just because they are different from us. I don't want to watch a hateful, xenophobic, greedy American get up in front of a camera and say "tsunamis are like God's way of putting bleach in the gene pool" or watch a report on how a state senator told a concerned constituent on the phone that emotionally disturbed/mentally ill people "should all be shipped off to somewhere in Russia" to wither and die.
I don't want to see the words: devastation, disaster, deathtoll. I don't want to read: incurable, uninsurable, autistic.
Enough. God sees everything. Everything. He hears everything. Everything. And because I know Him for who He really is, and because He is my true God, all I have to do is look at Him and listen to Him and He will be my source of the news today. He will tell me what to do in this world when it seems like there's is no possible way to do anything that matters. Days when I don't want to see anymore, He will see for me and enlighten my mind and show me where to direct my energy and abilities.
And so that's how I survive it. Knowing that no matter what horrors are in the earthly news, God always has the good news of hope, love, heaven, and service to others in His name for me to turn to.