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Please Jie Ai

For thousands of moms in Sichuan, China, the day after Mother’s Day will be remembered as their worst day ever. On that day, Monday May 12, 2008, a 7.9 earthquake took the lives of their children.

If you know someone who has lost a love one, the most common way to express sympathy is to say, “Qing Jie Ai,” pronounced cheeng jee-eh eye.

Qing (cheeng) means please. Jie Ai (jee-eh eye) means to restrain one’s grief and accept the change.

For anyone interested in numbers and symbolism, this quake, registering nearly 8 on the Richter scale, has a lot that can be talked about. The number 8, traditionally a symbol for prosperity and good luck in the southern part of China, has not been lucky so far for China this year. The quake struck 88 days before the Summer Olympics is scheduled to begin in Beijing; the official start is slated for 08-08-08, at 8 p.m. Some researchers linked the quake to a shift of the Tibetan plateau to the north and east. The day of the quake was the birthday of Lord Buddha in China, which is the eighth day of fourth lunar month. The epicenter was in Sichuan Province, which is, literally, the place of four (si) rivers (chuan).

Please Jie Ai

Comment from Gary
Time: May 14, 2008, 9:06 am

Team: Thank you for the info. Allow me to express my sympathy as well—Qing Jei Ai. It truly is a great loss. All the more reason to treat each other with kindness and respect. So simple and so effortless. Thank you for your time and consideration. Peace to your journey Gary B.

Comment from KSN
Time: May 14, 2008, 9:08 am

What is the purpose of this? to sell a new stamp at the expense of human suffering?

Comment from Angela
Time: May 14, 2008, 9:10 am

My heart goes out to all the people of China and their loved ones. May the Lord have mercy on them, restore them, and renew them opening the flood gates of heaven with blessings anew. In Christ, Angela

Comment from D.A.
Time: May 14, 2008, 9:15 am

I have been praying for all those lost and all those suffering and all those left behind to cope. May the God of all watch over you and yours.

I am compiling a book of prayers from all over the world. If you would like to share more of your prayers with me from your holy tradition, for blessings, for grief, for thanks, for aid, please email me those prayers and I will include them in the book. I am in hopes of this prayer book unifying our troubled world. thank you … and blessings …

Comment from Rain
Time: May 14, 2008, 9:17 am

What a devastation. I am so sorry for all of the loss of lives.
I will keep China and her people in my thoughts and prayers.

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