It started out as a wonderful weekend. I had one of my respite girls,..we slept in on Saturday, collected branches to use as decorations for the Gift of Life transplant house’s White Party in July. We visited a friend’s farm and she toured us through the stables where we saw some of the most gorgeous and gentle horses, it was so special! We shopped and then picked up my foster niece for a girls night in.
On Sunday, the girls joined me as I co-chaired the JDRF’s (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) Rollin’ & Strollin’ event. My sister, Wendy, and my niece, Emily joined us and we chose to dance our way to help find a cure and to treat Type-1 Diabetes We even beat the pending storms and had a huge turnout for such an incredible and worthwhile cause. Things started to change when we were picking out flowers for our garden at Jim Whittings and the rains came, then the wind…incredibly powerful straight line winds for several minutes. It really was quite unsettling as plants were flying off the shelves and the building was rattling and shaking. After the storm died down, and we got home, we were thankful to be there and spent the rest of the night watching TV. It was then that I made a bad decision that I now regret. It was an insensitive comment about the weather on my FB page of which I later deleted. ‘Reason’ has a way of sinking in, sometimes way after the fact. Upon waking Monday morning, I learned several people in our area suffered quite a bit of damage from the storms, and in Oklahoma, deadly tornadoes, dozens of them that leveled neighborhoods. I felt sick to my stomach, embarrassed and somewhat self centered. I’ve been sick about it all day. And then this/Monday afternoon, one of the worst tornadoes on record swept through areas just outside of Oklahoma City again, this time killing dozens of people (at last count, 51 – more than 20 of them; children, with more than 20 still unaccounted for.) Now the embarrassment and sick stomach has turned to heartbreak.
It is in these times, that I find it difficult to resolve. I feel such a sense of sadness and helplessness. And it is in these times that I pray for a strengthening of faith as it is so easy to loose in times like these. So I pray, not just for faith, but for those here and in Oklahoma/Kansas who have lost so much…for their healing. Healing of their bodies and hearts as they mourn the loss of everything they owned and people they loved… precious children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers.
And tonight I learned that the husband of a friend and colleague of mine, Laura Lee with KAAL, was in a horrible accident this weekend and is in critical condition. More heartbreak.
So as I prepare to head home tonight, I’m asking myself what can I do to help. To make a difference. To provide peace and comfort. And I keep coming back to one thing: Prayer. Please join me as the world simply needs more.
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