Saturday, May 28, 2011


I now have another blessing to add to my life. After the worst tornado to hit the United States in 60 years, my family is alive and well. I have talked to Debbie almost every day this week. Even though she and her family are still in a bit of shock, none of them were hurt and only minimal damage was done to their property. The tornado took a path that was pretty much between her and my niece's homes. They are dealing with many emotions that result from a disaster such as this. Disbelief, shock, guilt, gratefulness, sadness, and despair. The town they know and love is gone. Friends have suffered a great deal of loss. Their lives will not be the same for many, many years. It is hard to know what to do to help them. I can look down the road and see the hope and healing of the future. It will be exciting to see the town begin to rebuild and go on. I don't think they can see that yet. But they will. . . they are positive, happy people. Right now the stories of loss, heroism and sadness are in the news. Soon there will be stories of regrowth and rebirth of this strong Missouri community. I am looking forward to that day!

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