The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial / Oi Manawa has been officially opened. It is both beautiful and poignant; a place to reflect, six years later, on the earthquakes that changed greater Christchurch forever. In the words of the commemorative guide, the memorial exists to "pay respect to those who lost their lives, those who were seriouslly injured and to survivors. It also acknowledges the shared trauma and the support received during the response and the recovery that followed." The inscriptions on the memorial wall bring together the names of loved ones from 15 nations, each in their own script and language. When you have a moment, go and visit. To remember those who died, to thank those who helped, and to share in the journey of the Christchurch recovery.
"So many times in the wake of suffering, the Christian Church - the body of Christ - faithfully responds with comfort and practical help. I saw that in person in Christchurch the year after the quake, and thank Melissa Parsons for honouring those who responded in the footsteps of the One for whom the city was named."