As everyone knows, the cities of Joplin, MO and Denning, AR were hit by devestating tornados this past week. Both cities have been damaged beyond belief. We don't ever imagine or prepare for something like that to ever occur in our area but the truth is, it can happen anywhere. In this time after these terrible storms, we need to be praying for these towns and others that the storm has not affected yet. We need to be doing all we can to help out these people who have lost everything. May are without food, water, homes, jobs, etc. Please donate, go help out, pray. I know JB Hunt has a trailer in the Mercy Medical parking lot just waiting to be filled up. As soon as its full, they will be taking it to Joplin immediately and bringing another truck in to start loading. One truck has already been filled (maybe another by now) so I encourage you to take part. Any donation, big or small, is helpful. There are also many teams that are being organized to go to the Joplin and Denning areas to help with Disaster Relief. You can call local churches or the Red Cross and they can tell you how you can get involved. The one thing that you don't have to go anywhere for or spend any money on though is prayer....I know that everyone in these areas can use a lot of that right now.
I pray that everyone around here never take for granted everything we have been blessed with. The storms they were predicting to come through our area last night were not nearly as bad as they were guessing which is such a blessing in itself. This is when I am so thankful though for the home I was raised in. I know that if something were to happen to me, I would be going to Heaven for ever. Do you know where you will be going? If not, I pray you will seek Jesus. He will always be with you in the storm.
"For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." Romans 8:24-25