Last night multiple tornadoes tore through parts of Illinois.  My family is fine, but many are not.  Towns were destroyed, lives have been lost, and my heart hurts.  I have been praying for comfort, holding out in hope, and praying for the grieving.

Living out in the farmlands means many times tornadoes will form and create havoc and destruction in their paths in moments.  How does a person deal with the loss of “normal” life in times like this?

I know the immediate response of towns nearby has been encouraging.  The blessing of humankind is our desire to assist those who are without hope to find hope– even if it’s a clean set of clothes and blanket to sleep under.

God designed us for community and when all seems lost, we are best able to come alongside someone, hold out our hand to them and pull them up.  I am grateful that God wired us with compassion– we were made to care for each other and it seems that times of trial and devastation bring out the best in so many.

The verses that have been rolling through my mind are from Romans 12, verses 12 and 15,   Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

So this is what I will do today and I ask you do the same.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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