The people who opened their homes to us, fed us and prayed for us were so gracious. Samaritan's Purse is a very well organized and run organization that gave us several jobs to do. They have obviously done this many times before. We met people that this is all they do now. In their retirement, and even some that specifically take off from their jobs for weeks at a time, to go and help in disasters. All of the above were inspirational.
I came home knowing for absolute certain that "stuff is just stuff" and that all that matters is family and friends and love for one another.
It was an unexplainable (God and only God) miracle that only 24 people were killed in that tornado. In the path it covered, truly hundreds could have died. Bless those who lost their lives, especially the children. The stories the survivors told, about where they were, how they managed to come out alive, were amazing. To see the destruction with my own eyes was heartbreaking, breathtaking, and mouth opening. From as far as you could see and further, there was total destruction. Houses were flattened, smashed, broken, and wrecked.
On the second morning, after bending, pulling, raking, loading, hauling and lifting, I woke up thinking, "oh my goodness, we have to go do it again!" Then I thought about the folks who have to do those same things EVERY day until their house, their neighbors house, their family's house, their business, is cleaned up and rebuilt. Day after day and difficult and grueling day they courageously get up and do it one more time. It would be so easy to just look at it all and say, "I give up", or "nothing can be done", or "I can't do it anymore". But they don't say that. They bravely forge ahead, one step at a time, and do it one more day.
It was so emotional to pray with people you didn't know, pray for people you didn't know, to hold hands with the home owners and pray comfort and blessings over them. Gratitude for my home, my family and my life was ever present in my head and my heart.
I'm including a few photos, but truthfully, it's painful to look back at them. They don't even come close to the real thing.
I will not forget this time. I had hoped for an opportunity to go back, but so far it has not arisen. It will be years before Moore is healthy again. Perhaps another chance will come.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
- Matthew 6:20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Encourage One Another, continuing the journey on fresh paths.
Blessings and love to you xoxo.