Monday, August 16, 2021

Prayer request

I just received an hysterical phone call from one of our old neighbors. She was sobbing so uncontrollably that I had a hard time understanding her. But the long and short of it is, our old neighborhood is going up in flames even as we speak. She was crying because her husband hadn't made it out.

Half an hour later we were able to confirm he escaped the flames, presumably with the clothes on his back and nothing else. But we learned homes of two neighbors have already burned down, and if the wind doesn't shift, the whole neighborhood will go up in smoke. Homes, livestock, gardens, forests, fields, hopes, dreams.

I'm shaking as I'm typing this. One more day -- just one more flippin' day and the weather would have turned. Tomorrow temperatures are supposed to plummet 25 degrees and a chance of rain is moving in.

But it's too late for our old neighborhood.

Please pray. Pray hard.

29 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear this. Oh... Calamities all over the world now. Poor people.

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  2. Lord, I thank You every day. Please help these people to thank You too. - Keith

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  3. I am praying now...Thank you for asking for prayer for ole neighbors and the neighborhood..
    Side note: I read your new book and thought it was wonderful...Thank you for writing...
    Love from NC,
    Sandy

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  4. I just lifted them all up in prayer.

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  5. We know all about wildfires out here in the Wild, Wild West. Prayers sent!

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  6. Praying and will continue to do so. Please keep us posted.

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  7. Thank you God for protecting her husband. Please be with Patrice as she grieves her old home and her neighbors as they rebuild their lives.

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  8. That is terrible! I’ll be praying for all.

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  9. Prayed and so glad you got all of your belongings to your new home in time.

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  10. I’m praying.

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  11. I’m so sorry to hear this. Prayers sent.

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  12. Prayers for all. Very troubling times everywhere.

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  13. I am praying now for you and all of your neighbors.

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  14. Praying, so very sad, Prayers that all your friends will be safe.

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  15. So sorry. Praying.

    kathy in MS

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  16. Do you have an update?

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  17. So sorry to hear of it. I also live in the fire zone and experience them on a yearly basis. Ea. Wa. does have its share or more.
    You have to keep in mind when trying to get through stuff like this. Fire is permanent, water is permanent, the weather will do what it does when and how it chooses. Nature and natural forces Always win. Humans, not so much.

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  18. Just now saw this. Praying for all. Please let us know if there's anything else we can do.

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  19. Oh my gosh. I am so, so sorry to hear this. Big prayers!!

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  20. Praying for everyone.....Patrice, please keep us updated.

    Mama J

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  21. Prayers for your friends. I unfortunately can relate. We lost our home in 2018 to the Paradise Camp Fire in NorCal. I was probably one of many frantic wives waiting for their husbands and children to make it out. Words are not enough, but my thoughts are with you all.
    Lisa F.

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  22. Prayers for your old neighborhood. Also that your, Enola's area, and Will & Jackie Atkinson stay safe. The fire is east of Jackie's, but I interned in that area in college and knew it well. So very glad your friend's husband made it out. Remind her THAT is a huge blessing. And your neighbors.

    My story is not going well. You know about that. After 34 years I have many Blessings to count and am thankful for them all.

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