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Man, that just blew me away. I mean it really blew me away! Two events
this past week insured that I could never use the phrase blown away in a
trivial way ever again.
People not far from where we live had their lives shattered when their
homes, loved ones, hopes, and dreams were literally blown away by a force 5
tornado. Their lives were instantly changed. The tornado was simply too
big and too quick to outrun as 30 people lost their lives and hundreds more
have had their lives forever altered.
This same week Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of murdering 168 innocent
people with a bomb made of fertilizer and diesel fuel. This event was life
shattering for those involved and all who knew them. Lives, dreams, hopes,
and loved ones were blown away in a moment.
Both events remind us that horrible things happen to good people. Some
disasters are the result of violent and misguided people. Others disasters
are the result of natural forces unleashed by violent weather changes.
Either way, in a mere instant, life is changed forever. While we can do
some things as a matter of precaution, nothing can totally prevent these
kinds of disasters. As Christians, we have no guarantees that tragedy will
pass us by. In fact, our Savior is a living reminder that the answer to
tragedy is not prevention, but resurrection.
Lives, dreams, hopes, and loved ones were blown away in a moment.|
So what do we do? Let me offer some simple starting points:
Guard ourselves from the callousness to disaster. Each disaster, large or
small, is more than an eventit is a life, a family, a future, a hope,
an eternity. See disasters in people terms. Let care win out over
Offer help in tangible waysminister to the people personally or help
with the gift of money. In many disasters, people send stuff the victims
dont need. In most cases what is needed most is money.
Live each day with an awareness that we live life on the edge. Colors
should be appreciated, sunsets enjoyed, family and friends cherished and
loved. Live your life to its fullest today, because you have no guarantee
Finally, invest in things that are eternal. The only insurance policy that
we have against disaster is a shared faith in Jesus and a deep expectation
of his return. Nothing can replace those we love who are taken by
disaster, but reunion with Jesus can bring us back together again, forever.
Life can be blown away in instant. Lets not trivialize the lives of those
who have had their life blown away by using this phrase carelessly.
Instead, lets care for those hurt and live our life in way that binds us
to the ones we love with a tie that cannot be blown away.
If you would like to help financially, you can make a check out to Westover Hills
Church of Christ and put Tornado Relief Fund in the memo. The address is
Tornado Relief Fund, 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759. Please leave your
address and your gift will be acknowledged by mail.