The Morning After

Good morning folks!

It was a wild last night at our house, and I am sure at many other houses throughout the State of Alabama.  Tornados ripped through our state with a frequency and magnitude I have not seen before.

Tornado in Tuscaloosa. Source: ypages.twitter.bjmillican

I am thankful that our house, neighborhood and town do not appear to have been very hard hit, although another part of our county as well as the county where I work suffered severe damage.  And I mourn for the loss of life that I know has happened and which will be revealed during the day.

Only some of the devastation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Source: WRBC TV.

From the Birmingham News: Devastation in Cullman, Alabama

As the sun comes up, the full extent of what happened will be revealed, and the full enormity of the damage as well.  The effects of what happened here, in this state, will begin to sink in with an immediacy that even the highest amount of compassion can’t give you unless you have been to, or know someone from, that place. 

Almost everyone in our state has driven to or conducted business in at least one of the places that have been damaged.  Because we are one of the smaller states population wise, even if our area survived intact, many of us are concerned about relatives and friends in other areas of the state. 

 So today, I will pray a prayer of gratitude for the storm passing over me and mine this time, and a prayer for healing and hope and comfort for every one of those people whom the storms hit, and the families of those who were killed.  And then see what else I can do to help from where I am….

Sunrise from our house, April 28, 2011

Please have a good day, and stay safe, wherever you are!


6 responses to “The Morning After

  1. My heart goes out to your state. I will also say. Prayer for those affected and a praise for your family’s safety.

  2. So thankful that your family is safe. Praying for everyone.

  3. I’ve been seeing this all over the news. I hope your family is okay. Stay safe and keep us posted.

    • We were very lucky; all of my family throughout Alabama is okay, and our houses intact. But all of our hearts ache for those many, many people who lost everything, and even more for the families who had loved ones died. This was the worst outbreak in Alabama in at least 70 years, I think, and the worst in the nation in 30 years or so. Thank you for asking.

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