Status Report — May

Meditating…on 1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Praying…that May brings brighter days to Tuscaloosa.

Planning…what the kids and I will do after school today. We have a number of options available to volunteer with the relief efforts in Tuscaloosa. Our neighborhood wasn’t directly affected by the tornado, so we have to make an effort to enter into and share in the sufferings of our community. Unfortunately, the “opportunities” abound.

Grieving…for Alabama. Thousands of us are hurting as a result of the tornadoes that came through on April 27. Did you know that there are still 340 people missing? Did you realize that there are children, little ones who cannot even give their names, whose parents are nowhere to be found? So many had their homes destroyed, parents killed, or both. I am praying that their extended family members can locate them and care for them. (Writing that out helped me decide what we’ll do today). Also, I found out about an old high school classmate of mine who died in the storm. No doubt, I’ll hear about more in the coming weeks. So sad.

Wondering…how the devastating effects of this tornado will shape the younger generations of Tuscaloosans. People keep saying, “We’ll never be the same.” While that is obviously true from a physical standpoint, I wonder what it means for us as a people. And it’s not just Tuscaloosans: ONE tornado ripped through about 80 miles of Alabama before it ever left the ground. The tornado that cut a path through Tuscaloosa did things that I didn’t know tornadoes could do.

Feeling…conflicted about all the celebration surrounding the news about Osama bin Laden. I’m glad that he is no longer able to plan terrorist attacks, but it doesn’t feel exactly right to dance in the street over his death. It’s weird…to be relieved, thrilled even, that we “got” him. What is really bothersome to me is all the talk today about how America can’t be beaten and how our military is stronger than any in the world and how “the bad guys” will never be able to stop the USA. I don’t know…it gives me a feeling of foreboding.

Wishing…I had something light-hearted to share. Oh, Charlie Sheen is in Tuscaloosa today. I don’t know what’s gotten into him, but he’s talking about putting together some kind of “celebrity” fund-raiser. Better: Michael W. Smith is here today, too. I know which one I’d rather run into today. Maybe he’ll write a song for us. 😉

Hoping…my blog readers don’t get sick of reading about Tuscaloosa’s recovery.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Open Door Baptist Church that will go toward relief efforts in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas. Open Door is specifically ministering to/in (in addition to the families in our church who took a direct hit from the storms) Alberta City. Alberta Baptist Church’s building is a total loss and they will be meeting in our building for the foreseeable future. Keep praying for us.

The Status Report is an ongoing blogging meme created by my friend Lisa.

8 Comments on “Status Report — May

  1. We’re praying for your community, Leslie. Absolutely heartbreaking. And, no, I did not know about the children….heavy hearted…..

    Regarding…”it gives me a feeling of foreboding.” Me too. All that celebrating and talk makes me very uncomfortable. “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov. 16:18. I fear that it only gives fuel to those who already hate us, and it makes us look no better than those who celebrated in the streets when 9-11 happened.


  2. We are hurting and praying for your community.

    I agree with your thoughts about Bin Laden. The good guy/bad guy talk bothers me, but even worse is the over confidence.


  3. Leslie, Thanks for the updates…keep ’em coming! Not being there to help is difficult, but it is encouraging to read about what my friends are doing to help the people of Tuscaloosa. 🙂


    • Will do, Carolyn! I hope our families get to visit next time you come to town.


  4. Thanks for your comments regarding the death of Bin Laden. I have had similar feelings. Our Prime Minister here said that we should feel “sober satisfaction,” and I think that is good reaction to have. I have been offline most of the day so I did not have to read too much about it.


  5. I’m so glad to hear your updates. I forget to watch the news, so you are the voice of Alabama for me.


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