Jun 02

Sunday Scripture: John 13:35

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.


Living in the plains our entire lives we have experienced our fair share of bad weather and tornado threats. We always diligently watch the weather and monitor tornado satellites online and haven’t had any really close calls. In fact, I have only had to take shelter once that I can remember. Luckily that tornado dissipated before it arrived at my home and we only had some wind damage to our trees.

This year has seemed particularly ominous when it comes to tornadoes. Maybe it’s because I am getting older and more aware of the danger or maybe it is because we have to consider the safety of our precious baby girl. But, for the first time as a young family of our own we had to take shelter a few days ago.

It is a major blessing that there is a small hospital just one block from our home that has a huge basement that they willingly open to the public during storms. As soon as we saw the satellite showing two big tornadoes headed right in our direction we started gathering up important items, making sure M’s diaper bag was fully stocked with diapers change of clothes, baby food and some bottles of water for us. We headed out the door and drove the short block to the hospital where we were easily ushered down to their gigantic basement.

To make a long story short, the longer we were there the more and more people showed up to take shelter. That gigantic basement ended up with standing room only for hundreds and hundreds of our neighbors and the community. It was kind of dark and very hot and humid with all those people and no air conditioning in the basement. You could feel the stale heat in the air and even see the humidity running down the walls, but the thing that stood out to me the most was how kind and friendly everyone was even during such a frightening time.

M was such a patient little sweetheart the entire time. As we squeezed closer and closer to the other people, a sweet young girl offered us a church bulletin to use as a fan to keep a cool breeze on our girl. Later as M was rubbing her little eyes getting a bit sleepy a sweet older lady sang soft bible songs to her in a beautiful island accent. I saw an elderly couple in the corner, the husbands shirt wet with sweat as he hunched over grasping his walker, I felt led to give them a bottle of our cool water and the smile on their faces was worth more than any payment could ever be. It really warmed our hearts to feel God’s love all around us, played out by his disciples.

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