I received a call on New Year's eve from my Cousin in Arkansas. It seems that my Aunt's (by marriage) home was destroyed by the Arkansas Tornado. Both she and her adult son spent news year's eve day in the hospital with minor injuries. And worse than that her mother and step-father, who lived next door were both killed. They are part of the 3 dead from the video above.
My aunt's home is destroyed and she has to deal with burying her Mother and picking up her life. She and her mother were very close and did things together everyday. Economically life has not been good to these folks, and they will be moving back to Texas to live near her daughter (another of my cousins). This is the 3rd home she has lost, 2 prior by fire. I've waited till today to post this as I don't like sharing bad news, but felt that it needed to be shared. Sometimes tragedies just float past us without much thought. These kinds of things happen all the time all over the world, it's a bit too much to wrap our heads around, until it happens to someone we know and then it hits home. All I ask is that those who pray would lift my Aunt (Ruth), her family, and the other families affected by loss of property and life in your prayers tonight.
When they all went to bed on Thursday night, they never thought they'd be awakened on Friday morning, to their homes being blown away while they slept. To being sucked out of their beds and thrown through the air as winds whirled around them. To having their lives end in such a freekish way. We go to bed every night, fairly confident the morning will come and we will have another day, but one never truly knows for sure.
I'm reminded of Matthew 6:19
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal."
Blessings to you all,
Thank you to all who have responded, at this point the need is only for prayer. I've asked to be kept informed of any other needs as they come up. I found this article online but can't read the whole thing because I don't have a password. The man in the pic is my cousin by marriage, and Ruth mentioned in the caption is my aunt. Behind them is their former home.
Richard Grubbs looks through debris Saturday surrounding the house he and his mother, Ruth Mauch, were living in when it was destroyed by the tornado that ripped through the Cincinnati community Friday morning. Grubbs’ grandmother Mamie Wilson and husband Buck Wilson were killed by the storm.
Photo by David Frank Dempsey