Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's all relative.

Moore, Oklahoma tornado damage
Photographer:  Brett Deering/Getty Images

Over the last week that I've been sharing with you our struggles with Amelia, I want you to know that I have not lost sight of the tragedies going on around me. 

The frustration and sorrow that I feel for our daughter and what has been happening to her (and to us) can not compare to the horror that those in Oklahoma are experiencing.  I know that each of us have different stories, different sufferings that are uniquely ours.  Every family has their issues...some of them out in the open and some hidden from view.  The cross that we've been given is not the same as the cross that other families bear.

Right now, although somewhat bruised, our family is whole.  Some families are now experiencing the grief of the loss of children and their homes.  Their lives are in pieces and will never be the same.

For those who are suffering, I offer the following prayer.  Please pray it with me:

Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead.

Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. (source)

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