Saturday, December 11, 2021

Please pray for tornado victims

As you no doubt heard, America's heartland was hit by dozens of devastating tornadoes Friday night. The destruction is off the scale, and dozens have been killed.

So much happened overnight that reports are still coming in. The death toll could be astronomical.

With so many buildings smashed into matchsticks, where do emergency services personnel even start? Rescue efforts are compounded by power outages all over the place.

Please pray.


  1. Thank you for your prayers. My area wasn’t affected at all, but I live between two of the places that were hit. Many emergency personnel from my county are in Mayfield helping with rescue and recovery. Their physical safety and emotional well-being are important to me. And my son, an electrical lineman, was dispatched to help restore power. He will be working long hours with very little sleep. I’m always concerned for his safety when he’s on storm. The devastation, especially the loss of life, is immense. My heart breaks for everyone. In times like this, I honestly struggle to pray because of the greatness of the need. But I know that my God is greater than this hurt and loss.

    1. Pray for and assist the lineworkers who are working after a disaster in anyway you can. These men and their families sacrifice a great deal to work to get power restored. They often work to the point of near exhaustion and then get sick during/after a stint like this. With exhaustion comes mistakes and linworkers rarely get a second chance - and even if they do, it is often after grave personal injury. Be patient if they are working in your area.

      Power has to be restored moving from the source to the customer and is a methodical process, re-energizing the maximum number of customers with each next repair.
      As my late husband said during an 11 day outage we had - post ice storm - " a couple hundred dollars more in gas for the generator is nothing compared to the cost of one injury or death when the linemen are working ."

      Special breed. Do a job most people wouldn't or can't..

  2. One of the pastors from our church grew up in a town in Kentucky that was flattened. He left this afternoon with a truckload of supplies to take to his home church to distribute. It seems like such a drop in the bucket given the huge need, but we have to start somewhere. My heart breaks for those that have lost so much, especially families that lost loved ones.

  3. These tornadoes brought back many memories of the swarm that tore through Alabama a number of years ago, and especially Tuscaloosa. A policeman I knew had gone to T-town shopping and was sitting in his truck in traffic when he saw it bearing down on him and nowhere to go. He dove into the floorboard behind the front seats and was there while his truck was completely destroyed. After hospitalization he eventually returned to work. He was not the same happy go lucky, friendly guy after his experience. I prayed for him many a time. Your post brought him back to mind and I wondered prayerfully how he's doing. Yesterday I ran into him again after all these years and he's back. Love of life and his fellow man radiated from his heart again. And Tuscaloosa doesn't show her scars anymore either.
    For one thing, I never cease to be amazed at how the Lord answers even the seemingly small things in our hearts, such as wondering how someone is that you haven't seen in years, then there they are standing in your path evidencing the perfect answer to the question in your heart.
    And also, sometimes prayers need to be ongoing over a long period of time. Our whole country is being socked in the gut repeatedly by weather extremes and we need to keep remembering to stay in prayer about specific storms victims, but also the whole country.