i’ve written and re-written this post so many times in my head, but can’t seem to accurately communicate the emotion and thought behind it. everyone who has access to any form of media has heard of the tornado that devastated joplin, mo on sunday night. joplin was my home for 4 years during college and my sister and her family now live there. i’ve spent hours reading articles, watching videos, scanning cnn and the weather channel for any information. i’m thousands of miles away and in a different time zone, which has resulted in sleepless nights and such a feeling of loss and even fear.
i can’t afford to dwell on the “what ifs” of the situation, but knowing that i could have lost my family… i can’t even begin to process it. many friends lost their homes and jobs in the storms and lives of security have quickly been snatched. rising out of the debris though are incredible stories of generosity and faith.
as i sit at my desk in norway, physically removed from the situation but definitely there in mind and heart, i’m reminded of the promise, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31.6
in the midst of tragedy and loss, there is not much else to cling to other than the promise that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake. what a friend.