Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tornadoes and Terrorists

With the tornadoes in our region last week and the death of an evil terrorist my mind has been in a quandary over how to deal with the chaos.  We escaped damage although our neighbors and friends have to replace roofs and windows.  It was a scary night but the kids enjoyed our family camp-out under the stairs.  Tragically our college hometown suffered devastating loss.  The pictures don't begin to reveal the horror experienced by so many in Tuscaloosa as well as to other towns throughout the Deep South.  The disaster level has been assigned the same level as that of Hurricane Katrina.  
It was eerie to see bald pieces of land where some of our old stomping grounds once stood.  We've heard so many stories of extreme loss but also of extreme faith unfold.  My in-laws are still without power after almost a week but instead of complaining they are embracing the board games and "pioneering" lifestyle, they come from good stock, a blessing to call them family.
Furthermore,  we have had several people ask how they can help the tornado victims, this is the best way we know of: 
As far as Bin Laden's death I admit to initial elation at the news.  Go get 'em Navy Seals!  But that soon turned into a feeling of shame for all the rejoicing.  My husband shared my feeling of "sickness over the whole situation" and led me to a blog post that summed it up pretty well for me:
Some Thoughts on the Death of Bin-Laden
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." 
--Martin Luther King, Jr


  1. Polly, I'm so glad your family is safe, and so sorry for the damage it caused to so many. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

    As for Bin Laden. I think my celebration is not so much that he's dead more relief that he can no longer hurt anyone and gratitude that our military wasn't harmed in the process. I believe God expects us to live by the law of the land and that would definitely include an evil mastermind such as Bin Laden. I'm sure God isn't celebrating up in heaven, he cares for all of us (even the wicked), but it's better for five people to perish than for Bin Laden to live & have the ability to kill thousands more...just my take on it.

  2. I read your comment on my blog. I agree, the celebrating was a big much...from what I see on T.V. It's probably good they burried him at sea because who know's what the crazies would do with his remains if they knew his burial location. Not to mention the other extremists that would praise him and make a shrine of it.



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