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March Update and Prayers for Tornado Victims

I am praying for all our neighboring states that were hit hard by tornado loss of life and damage. Our little town was hit in 2008 and we are still in recovery mode. The hospital reopened this year and many of the houses have been rebuilt but the effects fo the storm can still be seen in many places. In the woods, some debris still litter the landscape or are stuck in the trees. The path of the tornado can still be seen though weeds and such are coming back, many of the fallen trees are still there.

The sadness of families being separated, whole families killed in the many tornados that hit this week is just beyond measure. I know what it feels like to lose everything in a flood but we had no loss of life and we had a house to rebuilt. Henryville will have to be built from the ground up. Joplin last year was very similar. I know the word says that it rains on the just and the unjust but when you are spared you can’t help but praise God you were spared. We have had several brushes with tornados out at our place with one lifting right before it hit our place and hit on the other side of the river where there were no houses. They say storms are better than earthquakes (years in California) but I’m not so sure. Tornados have a habit of hitting at night or early morning when people are not prepared AND we have bad storms so often it is hard to decide when to take cover or just ride out a storm. Tornados come and go so quickly by the time you decide it is a tornado it is upon you. So, not so different from an earthquake.

I thank God that we can have a peace even in the midst of storms when we know Christ as our Savior. I know many of the ones that have lost homes and lives were believers and ready to go. Our time lines are not decided by how or when we want to go. Our life and death is determined by God. If we have our hope in Christ then leaving this world is just a step over into our eternity with him. Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him. My heart goes out to the parents who lost children, children who lost parents and all who lost loved ones because loss for those left is hard but the believer that has died is rejoicing in heaven with the promises of God fulfilled.

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