Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Beyond the Destruction and Loss ~ Glimmers of Hope

Growing up in the suburbs just north of Chicago, I remember many,
many tornado watches and warnings.  When I first saw the Wizard of Oz
as a young girl, I fantasized about what it would be like to be swept up
by that funnel with my little dog Bonnie Heather MacGregor just like
Dorothy did with her Toto.  

But life is not fantasy as we all grow to learn.  There are times when
 loss and devastation seem to be more than the heart can bear.

There are not adequate words to express the sadness I feel for those
who have lost everything ~ most especially their loved ones.

For parents hanging on to hope that their children will be found

Please keep these suffering souls in your hearts and in your

Yet despite the heartache there are glimmers of hope.

Stories of thankful parents finding missing children, like the one of Miguel and Veronica Macias.  They found their 8 year old daughter Ruby safe
after the tornado hit, but their 6 year old son Angel was missing.  With the
help of the pastor and members of their church, little Angel was
found with minor injuries 5 hours later.

And heartwarming stories of those re united with their
beloved pets.

And for those who tirelessly help bringing aid and comfort
to those in need.

It is at a time like this when we realize we must pray,
do what we can to help and to remember that despite the
terrible loss and heartache there are glimmers of hope
that keep our spirit alive.

God Bless all of the residents in Oklahoma
who have endured this terrible storm.

No parties today.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. Susan,
    My dear daughter, her husband and their 3 month old baby live in chickasha Oklahoma. They were traveling from LSUS to Dallas to Oklahoma during this tornado. I35 was closed they spent the night in a Hotel. It was traumatizing for them and her husbands family who live in Oklahoma City. They are all safe and we are thankful. Our prayers go out to all of the families who have suffered.

    1. Traumatizing indeed! I am so happy and thankful to know that your three precious ones are safe.

  2. My heart sank when I hear of this tragedy ! My heart and prayers go out to all !

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  4. Beautiful post, Susan.

    My mother-in-law was less than two miles away in her home when it hit,
    and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law live just 3 miles away from
    the devastation.

    Counting our blessings today that they are safe and were unharmed
    when so many. many others have lost so much. May God be with them.

    Thanks for encouraging us to keep
    our prayers going.


  5. Oh dear Alison, how relieved you must be that your in-laws are fine. How frightening for them!

  6. Nice post of remembrance, Susan. Yes, our hearts are aching for all the loss in Oklahoma. God help all the people there. Thanks for all your photos, too. Susan

  7. It is hard to be so far away and living with my own concerns to do much to help. So I pray and ask others to pray and give what I can. I believe that coming together in prayer works miracles.

  8. Susan, this is a beautiful heartfelt post. You've said it so eloquently. Thank you! We are all heart broken for these who have lost so much. ~ Sarah

  9. We have lost so much but we build again. After we honor and pray for the souls who have passed, it is truly all we can do.

  10. Sad sad time for people who are affected by these horrible storms but there is as you say always light after darkness.

    1. We always have to look for a silver lining.

  11. My heart just breaks for all of those who have suffered loss in this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to them in their suffering. Your post is very touching. xx

  12. Well stated, Susan. I add my prayers to all of the others.

  13. Beautiful post, so encouraging and such a sad time in Oklahoma.


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