Mourning for Our Neighgors

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

We withhold political commentary today to grieve with those who lost loved ones in Oklahoma to what is probably the worst, most destructive tornado devastation in history.

At this moment in time, we know at least 91 persons confirmed dead. Searches continue for those missing and unaccounted for, 233 known injured.

At Plaza Towers Elementary school, search and rescue teams have found bodies of 7 children and continue to search for bodies of many others, expecting no survivors. Bodies of 20 or 30 more children may still be trapped under debris.

Many of the homes have registered storm shelters, but lacking familiar landmarks, multiple rescue teams must sift through flattened homes in attempts to find possible survivors who may have escaped to their shelters. It is my prayer there are those who made it to their places of safety.

I was working in Wichita Falls, Texas in April 1979 when an enormous tornado ravaged the city. The number of deaths was so profound, morticians who came from neighboring cities to help wept at the sight of the dead children. This tragedy by far eclipses that earlier. Pray for surviving family and friends; recovery workers, too, will be greatly affected – pray for them as well.

Romans 12:15 instructs us to rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

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