Oct 8

October 9, 2008

Sometimes we forget how blessed we are.  Today we walked through Greensburg KS, the town that was 95% destroyed last year by a catagory 5 tornado.  Randy Kelley, postmaster and Christian brother, told me what it was like, the siren, knowing this wasn’t just any old warning, emerging from his basement to find his home and his town gone.  Two minutes and life would never be the same.  As he was telling me of the depression that was now beginning to settle over the town, tears begin to flow from my eyes as I remembered Hurricane Iniki that devastated the island of Kauai when I lived there.  Immediately after the disaster there is so much to do to survive, clean up and start making arrangements for the rebuilding, but then 8 months to ayear later when all that is pretty much taken care of and the reality of starting over with the great change involved, depression starts to set in, not just in one or two, but over the whole community.  Randy summed it up, “That evening I was sitting on the swing on my front porch thanking God for the blessings of a home and stability.  The next morning every thing had changed and now I wonder if my town will even survive.”  Join me in prayer for Randy and all the folks in Greensburg, “Father, you are the giver of all good and perfect gifts.  Please send the gift of joy, peace and hope to these folks in Greensburg.  Father, we see new church buildings, modern and beautiful here, the sign of beauty from ashes.  Lord, help the folks remember the God that blesses in these buildings.  Father, I pray for a special wind, the opposite of the destructive wind that tore through this town, the wind of your Spirit to blow gently over the hearts of these survivors to bring a resolve to serve you and trust in you as you prosper these people.  Help them, Lord, to be still and know that you are God.  Father of mercy and grace, pour out rivers of both on Greensburg.  In the precious name of Jesus we pray, Amen.”

We walked on to Mullinville, where Pastor Scott, United Methodist Church, put us up in the parsonage for the night.  Matt and Noah fellowshipped with some of the church members while I tried, unsuccessfully, to get this blog out last night.  There are places I’m finding out that just don’t have enough signal to send stuff.

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