This has been such an odd day full of conflicting emotions. All morning I’ve been running around trying to get ready for my trip tomorrow to Charleston. I’ve been on the phone and on facebook with others who are going. We’ve been comparing notes on what to wear, what to bring and how to cram it all in.
Then this afternoon all the news outlets began reporting on the devastating tornado that hit Moore, OK. Suddenly all the packing and excitement went on the back burner. The only thing I could think of was if our friends and family in the area are safe. The video footage is gut wrenching. People are wandering around looking for their loved ones. Others are grieving over loved ones that won’t be returning. No matter where you look it just seems to be unending devastation.
After the Joplin tornado, we in SW Missouri understand your loss, your grief and your pain. We stand with you as you begin the recovery process. We all know the road will be long and things won’t be exactly the same but we will be there to help you through it.
For anyone that wants to know what they can do to help . . . may I suggest something? Please consider a donation to Convoy of Hope. (www.convoyofhope.org) They are an amazing organization that we have worked with and watched first hand as they labored tirelessly in Joplin. We know they are already on the ground in Moore. If you are in the Springfield, MO area they also use volunteers to help load and pack the trucks that will be sent out.
People can also help by texting CONVOY to 50555 to give $10 to Convoy of Hope. Terms: http://mGive.org/T #PrayForOklahoma
As I finish this post the storms are beginning to blossom here. My prayer is for safety. But I also hope that each of you will take a moment to reach out to those closest to you and let them know exactly how much they mean to you. We aren’t promised tomorrow and we all know that things really do change in the twinkling of an eye. Make the most of the moments you do have!