Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Connections



May the Lord have mercy on those who are hurting.

My thoughts have been on those affected by the tornado in Oklahoma, as I’m sure yours have been, too. I’ve been thinking of those injured, of those who have lost their homes, and especially of those who have lost loved ones.
Tuesday evening I worked until about 8, then my husband picked me up and we stopped by a little diner in town for a bite to eat.
I’ve been deep into newspaper layout and editing today and didn’t come up for air very often. So Larry caught me up on the news from Oklahoma. He had been able to watch the evening newscasts.
I listened to his stories, and I realized that we’re both drawn to the personal stories, to the stories about individuals who experienced the storm, to the ways people are helping each other.
We talked about how we would handle something like that happening in Altavista, and neither one of us could truly imagine what it would be like find our home gone, our town destroyed, our lives devastated in that manner.
I would hope that we would react like so many did in the stories Larry told me: with strength, with compassion, with pluck.
I would also hope that I would remember that there were many, many people praying, sending healing thoughts, giving money and water and just connecting.
I wish I could remember it all the time. It seems like I remember it best in times of tragedy in this world. And that is this fact: we are all connected. We are all connected.

May the Lord have mercy on those who are hurting.

In what ways do you feel connected to others during hard times?

26 comments:

  1. I have always felt that we were all connected that is what I have based most of my life on. My heart is heavy and a sense of helplessness grips me with this one. B

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Buttons. I think so many of us feel that sense of helplessness. It's hard not to feel that way when you see the results of such a disaster.

      Delete
  2. I love seeing the inspirational stories that come from these types of tragedies. Did you see the woman who found her dog while being interviewed?? It was SO amazing!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Keith. I didn't see that story, but I bet it was heartening. I love stories like that, too. It reminds me of the resilience we have that we might not even be aware of.

      Delete
  3. It breaks my heart.

    I feel helpless in the face of all this devastation. All I can do is pray and send a donation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. It is heartbreaking. Praying and donating are two very important things to do, I believe.

      Delete
  4. Nature isn't always kind. That was a horrible day. So sad.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sharon. You are right--nature is not always kind and it is certainly not within our control. We just have to hold on to each other.

      Delete
  5. It is really awful. I love how you and Larry talk about things like that. Seems like you have really good communication together.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Lisa. Yes, Larry and I talk about just about every subject imaginable. We don't always agree on everything, of course. :-)

      Delete
  6. I saw and heard about the devastation, it is so sad. All we can do is pray and for those who are able to, send money to help. I saw something good, though. A fireman was able to find and save a cat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Linda. Doesn't it do your heart good to hear stories like that, of rescues and people helping others?

      Delete
  7. It's really heartbreaking to see- especially the children. I have a long time friend in a town nearby and I am always terrified when I hear about a tornado in Oklahoma.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Tina. Hearing about the children was particularly hard.

      Delete
  8. Great post, Tina. It just seems that it has been one tragedy after another in our country for a while. Some have been closer to home than others, but as you say, I feel the connection no matter where.........

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Janet. I hope those suffering get some comfort from knowing that so many others are thinking of them.

      Delete
  9. i do hope the majority of us will never experience such a tragic loss. God bless them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope so, too. Thank you for your comment.

      Delete
  10. I admit that I don't watch the news, not even for a few moments. (My own personal reasons behind that.) I did, however, hear of this and see a few images - and it's heartbreaking.

    Just as so many others are, I'm sending thoughts of hope and recovery their way.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you for your thoughts on this, Tina. It is incredibly heartbreaking and the thing that I always struggle with is that the damage seems so random. One house can be just fine, and the one next door just totally destroyed, taking precious lives with it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sunny. I agree--the randomness of it is hard to deal with sometimes.

      Delete
  12. I also can't imagine the scope of this tornado. We had one hit our town in 2011 and it was devastating but not to this extent. Good friends of ours had their house severely damaged but were able to get back into it about a year after the storm. They were lucky and they know it. The scary thing about these kinds of storms is the sheer randomness of them. I am not sure what I would do if I were involved in something of that magnitude.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Barbara. I, too, don't know how I would handle something of this scope happening where I am. I guess we really don't know until we go through it.

      Delete
  13. we are all connected....we all look at the same sun, we all look at the same moon!!

    they will find strength in community and loved ones to recover and rebuild!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Debbie, for sharing your faith and optimism!

      Delete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.