Over 260+ people have been killed in the past few days from devastating tornadoes. Dozens more are missing and hundreds more have lost everything. Houses and businesses have been demolished. Lives have been changed in seconds.
I know that most people will be blogging about the Royal Wedding today...and that's fine. I wanted to share some pictures with y'all of the devastation that has struck our neighbors. Whether y'all live in these states or not, we are neighbors. These people are our coworkers, our friends, and our family. We are connected to them in ways that we do not even know.
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During my short life, I have been involved in multiple tornado warnings and watches. Only once can I remember the tornado touching down where we lived. I was young. I remember hiding in the bathtub. I remember that my mom was at work and we were home with a babysitter. I can picture the trees falling over and the houses across the street with their roofs ripped off. I can see the panic in my mom's face as she ran down the street, frantic to reach us even though the road was blocked with fallen debris and limbs. I can feel her arms around me, nearly choking me as we both cried desperate, scared tears. I remember that for months I had nightmares about tornadoes; I would wake up screaming, thinking that we were all about to be swallowed up by the massive spiral that is a tornado. I was so young, yet I can remember all of this so vividly.
It was life changing. Thank goodness for a God who brings comfort, hope, and restoration in times like this. I pray that these friends and neighbors find some hope and peace for their hurting hearts. We cannot fathom how this can happen or why this happens, but we have to cling to the Lord for restoration and comfort.
I have been listening to Casting Crowns "Praise You in this Storm." I urge y'all to listen to it.
Are y'all wondering how y'all can help? I sure am.
- First and foremost, pray.
- Learn from this and appreciate this precious life.
- Donate to The Red Cross if able.
- Give blood.
I'm thankful today for life.