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. http://cw.ua.edu/2011/05/01/alabama-tornadoes-receive-same-disaster-ranking-as-katrina-911/
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.
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:
"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."