Footprints in the Sand is a poem I have loved for as long as I can remember. It tells the story of a person reflecting on her life and how Jesus walked alongside of her every single day as shown by two sets of footprints in the sand. Noticing only one set of footprints at the lowest, most difficult periods of this journey, she asks the Lord why. His simple response? “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints is when I carried you.”
Today its time for us to carry Oklahoma tornado victims. Yesterday the unthinkable happened as that brave state endured an unprecedented day of severe weather that has resulted in tremendous loss and pain. Even more unlikely, lightening struck twice for the small town of Moore, Oklahoma. There is only a 1 in 100 million chance that you will be hit by a tornado twice in your life. For Moore, May 3, 1999 was the first time when an EF5 tornado tore the community to the ground. Yesterday, somehow defying all the odds, it happened again.
It goes without saying our hearts are heavy with reports of loss of life, and in particular the children and adults that took shelter while at school. We teach our children that school is a haven, a 2nd home full of adults we trust to partner in raising our children while they spend more waking hours with their teachers than with us at home. School is an island where safety comes first, joy and learning go hand in hand, friendship and trust are a given, and memories are made. School is where you bloom and grow. And today is when you and I begin restoring that faith that once again, schools in Moore, Oklahoma will be full of that town’s precious children, parents volunteering, and the best and brightest teachers sharing their wisdom opening bright minds to dreams come true.
Ways to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
The Weather Channel’s list of resources includes the most visible at times such as these, The Salvation Army and Red Cross. You’ll also find links to Oklahoma based organizations such as Oklahoma Baptist and United Way of Central Oklahoma. Feeding America will mobilize both food and water for relief efforts and Operation USA will provide privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid.
CNN’s list of resources also includes Americares and Team Rubicon. Americares is a non-profit emergency response and global health organization that delivers medical and humanitarian aid to people in need worldwide. Team Rubicon is an organization for military veterans who use their skills and experience to partner with first responders in rapid deployment emergency response teams.
TypeAParent’s list of social media resources includes Samaritan’s Purse. Our mutual friend Sarah Pinnix is the Samaritan’s Purse team member that leads the Samartian’s Purse Blogging Community efforts which I am honored to support. As of 11 am EST today, Sarah has shared the following information in the blogging community and I hope you will find helpful as well:
Relief Teams dispatched early this morning ~ this video caught my heart ~ from out of the darkness will come a glimmer of hope, into the light…
Text to Donate number: Text SP to 80888 for a $10 donation to Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief. Msg and data rates may apply. And the Samaritan’s Purse Call for Volunteers is now live here. As Sarah’s says and we all know to be true, volunteers are the lifeblood of any relief effort and we can ALL do something to help.
Look for more updates in the coming days and I hope you will join me and contribute in the way that your heart calls you to answer, from prayer to resources, your time or your expertise. Answer the call. Thank you.
Note: Before you donate to any relief effort, you need to make sure the organization is reputable, trustworthy, and truly able to deliver on its promises. The FBI provides an overview here of how to make sure your charitable donation is safe.