Monday, May 20, 2013

oklahoma

Dear God;
I don't get it. America was just starting to heal from the Boston tragedies. In the last month following that awful day there have been continued tragedies and violence, yes, but none of us were ready for the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma today. Oklahoma  A state I don't know much about, but I find myself crying for the people who are grieving there tonight. This is a loss they have never known, a loss the rest of us will-never understand. Of the 50 people that have died so far, 20 are children. Those poor babies.

Why?

Why do we have to suffer from such tragedies? I know you are here, God. I know you do not abandon us and that right now you are healing people and igniting hope and comfort into their hearts. But why do we have to even endure these things in the first place. I am not blaming you I just wish that we could put a stop to things like this.

Those of us not in Oklahoma will go about our lives tomorrow, because really, what other choice do we have? But it feels wrong to me. I wish that when something like this happened, there was a way for all of us to be pulled from our lives and help, right there, on site. I wish with a snap of our fingers, it would all go away. Things would be rebuilt, people back in their homes. Injuries healed.

I wish things like this didn't happen.

And it makes me so mad that they do.

And I guess I am coming to You because I don't know where else to go. I don't even really know what to say.  I read a comment somewhere that stated prayers aren't going to help. Maybe they don't think so, but I do, and I am going to pray for the people who have lost someone in the tornado, that they find comfort and peace. I am going to pray for the people who do not have a home, that they are blessed with resources to allow them to continue to live. I am going to pray for the people who are helping sort through the wreckage, that they have strength. And finally, I am going to pray for the rest of us, that we may find it in our hearts to do something to help, even in the smallest of ways.

I am sure, God, that you can tell I am frustrated. Defeated. But this is not about me in any way shape or form. This is about the people in Oklahoma.

Help us. Help us to get through this. Help us to understand our role as human beings is to love, support, and assist one another. Help us to embrace life.

Peace be with all of you in Oklahoma, and the rest of us as we do our best to help.

God, send your angels.

Love, Megan

TO HELP:
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999.  You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

Donate to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Fund by mailing a check to  BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

Donate to the Salvation Army online at salvationarmyusa.org



7 comments:

furmurr said... Add Reply

Don't forget about your cousin, Sean and his family. They are ok but are close to the destruction. Keep them and their friends and family in your prayers.

Dee said... Add Reply

What a devastating destruction indeed. I really hope our prayers do help.

Rob-bear said... Add Reply

Megan, I think God might have something to say to us about the way Humans are messing up the atmosphere, putting all the smoke in it, and stuff like that. If we're not working hard with God to keep the creation healthy, well, we may reap the rewards of our foolishness. God has been known to let people have their way, and suffer the results of their unfaithfulness.

Blessings and Bear hugs in a difficult time, Megan!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

Shari said... Add Reply

Tragic ... just so, so tragic. :(

Another Clean Slate said... Add Reply

I know- I don't understand either :(

Elizabeth Rosalyn said... Add Reply

So devastating what happened in Oklahoma. I'm keeping that community in my prayers. <3

Kianwi said... Add Reply

Amen. So hard to understand, and I know I can't even fathom what it must be like to have your entire town be demolished. But if we can't do anything besides donate money, we can pray, like you said.