Pray for Oklahoma

(all images from stock photos)

I’m an Oklahoman therefore I’m used to our severe storm season – a.k.a. Tornado Season. But nothing could prepare me for today’s storms that have claimed the lives of dozens and dozens of people, many of them children from the Plaza Towers Elementary School or the devastating amount of destruction that some are labeling as “the worst tornado damage in the history of the world.”

This shot is when the tornado was only about 1/4 mile wide (it would grow to 1 mile wide and slow down to 10 mph creating a very deadly combination).

This shot is when the tornado was only about 1/4 mile wide (it would grow to 1 mile wide and slow down to 10 mph creating a very deadly combination).

But as I sat crying for the children, teachers and parents of Plaza Towers Elementary, I was once again reminded of what makes this state so great – its people. The same people who rose to the call when our way of life was attacked by a madman or the ones who worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the past two tornadoes that took almost the same exact path as today’s horrific storm. The same people who sent aid to New York, New Orleans and survivors of Hurricane Sandy. A people who work, cry and heal together.

We are strong; we are Oklahomans!

We are strong; we are Oklahomans!

A child being rescued from one of the two schools completely destroyed by todays tornado. These two, Plaza Tower and Briarwood Elementary, were just two of five schools to suffer damage)

A child being rescued from one of the two schools completely destroyed by todays tornado. These two, Plaza Tower and Briarwood Elementary, were just two of five schools to suffer damage)

But we are not alone in the category of selfless people. Already teams are pouring in from all over the United States. And from our sister countries of Great Britain and Australia! To these people, I say thank you!

A small sampling of the total destruction.

A small sampling of the total destruction.

An image of Briarwood Elementary School

An image of Briarwood Elementary School

The image from Tower Plaza Elementary was like a war zone.

The image from Tower Plaza Elementary was like a war zone.

During times like this, my faith in people is always restored, renewed, invigorated. When things are at its worst, humankind always steps up. For this I am thankful. In the midst of heartache, there is love. In tragedy – kindness. In despair – hope.

A main highway, I-35, was littered with debris and vehicles when the tornado crossed it in Moore, Oklahoma.

A main highway, I-35, was littered with debris and vehicles when the tornado crossed it in Moore, Oklahoma.

I can not even begin to understand the why; why God allows things like this to happen. Some religious fanatics (not true Christ followers – nuts) would say its God’s punishment for some (fill in your own blank here). But even though we do live in a world full of sin and unspeakable acts, I know God has a plan and He uses these events for good rather than orchestrates them. I won’t get into a big theological debate here, because this is about the awesomeness of people, people God created. A people who have already given over $20,000 for relief in just a few short hours following the storm. A people who will work through the night, days, months and even years to help rebuild and restore communities, homes, lives.

At this point, the more than 1 mile wide tornado was wrapped in a debris cloud making it over 3 miles wide. This fooled people and motorist into thinking it was simply a large rain cloud, which they drove into.

At this point, the more than 1 mile wide tornado was wrapped in a debris cloud making it over 3 miles wide. This fooled people and motorist into thinking it was simply a large rain cloud, which they drove into.

I do ask that each and everyone of my blogging friends please remember to Pray for Oklahoma and her people. This will not be a short fix. The devastation will take much time to clean up. The lives will take even longer to rebuild and heal. Especially remember the City of Moore (and my small community of Newcastle) as this is the third time in 14 years that tornadoes have plagued these cities.

Pray for Oklahoma

Pray for Oklahoma

I thank you in advance for your prayers and your encouragement.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer Kng
    May 21, 2013 @ 06:43:20

    Beautiful post Darla!

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  2. apronheadlilly
    May 21, 2013 @ 18:27:25

    So sad. The earth groans for redemption, and it is devastation too extreme to fully comprehend. Lord, help.

    Reply

  3. Island Traveler
    May 23, 2013 @ 11:40:56

    Just offered a prayer this morning. Me and my wife could hardly finish watching the CNN news without choking and tearing up. We need to support them in whatever way we can and yes, always keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply

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    • Darla Welchel
      May 23, 2013 @ 15:23:09

      Thank you so much! We got flash flooding last night on top of everything else. The community that was hardest hit got 6 inches of rain in an hour. We didn’t need this.
      On the up note, I think our drought is over.

      Reply

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