imagesCANVEY1JGood Morning, it is 4:17 am in Washington state and I can hear the rain falling outside.

I am not able to sleep and have prayed all I can pray this morning.  So thought I would fill my mind with silly internet surfing.  Please don’t worry about the debit card.  No, I have not bought any silly “needed” shoes this morning.

Since I took yesterday “off” to spend in the hospital, I am catching up on all the Oklahoma stories.  We lived there.  We have friends there.  We thrived there.  Part of our hearts will always be in Oklahoma. Thankfully our friends are safe.  Our church family is safe.  All the information brings us to our knees.  Later today, we will talk about and decide where to send some of our money to help where we can.

Somehow, I stumbled upon a face book posting by a person named Matt Walsh.  He put into words exactly how I am feeling.

There are many dead in Oklahoma, including dozens of children, after that massive tornado this afternoon. This is a terrible, horrific tragedy. I can’t comprehend the suffering of these people. Dozens of parents kissed their children goodbye this morning, sent them to school, and a few hours later they were buried under mounds of rubble. It’s agonizing to think about. This town was literally torn apart by one of the most powerful tornadoes in modern history. I don’t think any of us have ever seen a place ripped off the face of the earth like that. This is more chaos and misery in a country that has been plagued by too much of it recently.

I pray for the people whose lives have been shattered by this storm. And I also pray for us, that we don’t allow ourselves to be numbed by the seemingly constant barrage of death and destruction in the news. We really are blessed to have this life, as fragile and painful as it may be. But it can be taken from us at any moment, and eventually it will be, one way or another. That doesn’t mean we should live in fear, or become disconnected and jaded — it means we should try to fill our days with as much love and joy as possible. I think you can build it up inside you, like a reservoir, and feed on it when your days turn dark.

I pray that God will comfort the people in Oklahoma tonight. They need all our love and support now.

May the state of Oklahoma be bathed in Grace and Mercy.  Amen

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