This morning I wanted to take a moment to say a prayer and send my condolences to all those affected in Oklahoma.
Last night I got sucked into a project and fell into bed too tired to check the news. We don’t have television (other than amazon streaming), so I typically check in the morning and before bed, just in case anything major happens.
Not last night. Oops. This morning I was greeted with the images of devastation and reports of heavy casualties from yesterday’s 2-mile wide tornado.
My heart skipped a beat. I lived in north Texas for 10 years, so even the thought of a tornado or a siren still makes me stop and jump a little. I’ve never been directly hit by a tornado, but have been within a 1/2 mile, and the sound is like nothing I have ever experienced in my life. The lack of control is unnerving. There is nothing, and I mean nothing you can do, except take shelter, pray, and wait it out. The winds whipping, the sirens blaring, it’s wretched. To this day I hate tiny bathrooms! (Our ground was too unstable for cellars, most houses had a reinforced room, ours was the tiny half bath under the staircase) My youngest two still talk about tornados, and it’s been 4 years, they were super tiny then, yet those memories linger. It’s an experience unlike any other. Not even the big earthquakes of the 90’s out here in California can compare. (And we lived close to the epicenter of the 29 Palms & Big Bear quakes, the two big ones on the same day)
To all those affected by this tragedy (and it’s already shaping up to be a wicked tornado season out there!!), my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones. May those who were taken be welcomed into the gates of heaven. Those left behind, may you find comfort in the difficult days ahead.
Loss is never easy. Please stop and hug your loved ones today, just because you never know what the day may bring.
With a heavy heart,