Please keep the families of the lost and missing EMS personnel, firefighters, and police officers in your prayers. I am heartsick to hear of their loss.
I try to keep on topic. Costumes, history, jewelry, crowns, the odd bits of furniture and my university work but sometimes I have to go off topic.
I’m from the South, tornados are something I grew up with. I’m 21 and I still have that one moment where I hear the sirens and just panic before I get a hold of myself and start preparing the safe room. I’m the one in my family who gathers the keys up, my purse and my moms purse, gets the passports, the dog, water, blankets and prepares the safe room. It’s just a fact of life.
But this tornado that tore Joplin up just hits too close to home. It’s too much like scenes from my hometown. It’s photos of Wal*Mart and Home Depot, schools and shops that I know. This boy that is missing, Will Norton is 18 years old. He just graduated from high school and was driving home with his dad when he was sucked out of the sunroof in the hummer. My brother is 18 and graduating from high school. It’s just too much like home.
So I’m asking that tonight before you lay down wherever you are in the world please, please say a prayer that the people of Joplin find the strength and the courage to recover, to rebuild and continue with their lives.
Pray that this storm coming through will pass them over, that there will be no more tornados tonight. That those lost have found their way home, that there are survivors waiting that just haven’t been found and please pray that people like Will get a chance to live.
Sometimes I leave my followers with lovely bedrooms and wishes of sweet dream but tonight all I ask is that you send your prayers to whomever it is you believe in for New Zealand.
Please keep Donna Manning, Paul Wu, the CTV crew still unaccounted for, the overseas students, the rescuers, the ones lost in the cathedral spire collapse and every other soul still missing and those that have been lost in your prayers tonight.
Look at Haiti, Miracles can still happen, it’s not too late.