Two days after one of the most deadly outbreaks of killer tornado's in history people here in my area of Northern Alabama are reeling from the shock of loss of property and life. As in most tragedy's, others step up to the plate to help those devastated by tragedy. I was blessed to escape any damage although it was all around me. Yesterday I picked up small bits of trash in my yard that were, in fact, debris from a tornado about an hour East of here. Shingle pieces, insulation, bits of lumber, partial pieces of bills or checks, piece of a drapery, siding, and some wallpaper. People not hurt want to help but right now damages are overwhelming. Power is out in most of northern Alabama but only one mile across state line I have power.
Through all this patience is required, courage is needed, and a shoulder to cry on is a good thing. In the worst of situations things rise from the ruins and eventually things get back to some sort of normalcy. It is hard and takes a tremendous emotional toll. All of a sudden complaining that I can not get a latte as there is no power at the coffee shop, pales in comparison to what the thousands who suffer loss are experiencing. In a tragedy you find out what is really important. Our society in America is so blessed to have all the modern conveniences we can think of and when you can not send texts, or use the computer you find out it is not all that important.Psalm 46 brings much comfort in troubled times. It says " God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shield with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”The LORD Almighty is with us".
We the American 'helpers to the world' sometimes need helped. The sun will still shine and life will continue. Grief consumes those who lost a loved one and it will take lots of time to cope with this.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for sunshine and new beginnings. Praise you for life. Thank you for friends. Thank you for having new fresh starts and for helping us through rough times as well. In Jesus name, Amen!