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The musical Oklahoma with the song “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” filled with the strength and joy of its resilient people and the natural beauty of the land comes to my thought in the wake of the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma this week. It helps me to envision what is already beginning to happen… courageous people springing back from a natural disaster… seeing the sun shining.
First responders and neighbors rushed to the scene to rescue people from the rubble. President Barack Obama told the Oklahoma people, “You will not travel that path (to recovery) alone. Your county will travel it with you, fueled by our faith in the Almighty and our faith in one another.”
I pray with all my heart that those grieving for loved ones, who died in the tornado, and everyone affected will find comfort in God’s love and each others’ love. The Bible tells us, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God (II Corinthians 1:3,4).”
Tornado Alley may be extended to include Indiana, and many a time I’ve gone to the basement of our Indiana home with my family to be safe when we had tornado warnings. The books I read every day, the Bible and Science with Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, went with me along with the water, blankets, flashlight, battery radio, and food.
Before we settled in to wait out the warning, we’d pray together to be listening to the “still small voice” from God that spoke to Elijah in the Bible, trusting that God was “not in the wind…not in the earthquake…not in the fire” (I Kings 19:11, 12). After the warning ended we’d walk up the basement steps to the sunlight shining through the trees that were still standing in our yard, and we would feel so grateful. Sometimes there was significant damage to trees and buildings in our community, but never the extremity of our city being destroyed.
That didn’t happen in Moore. In Moore a tornado emergency was broadcasted. The news has been reporting stories of people, who took to shelters, but when they came out their homes were destroyed. I am deeply saddened by this happening, and I know God does not bless some and leave out others, even though it may appear to be so on the human scene.
God is Love, and God loves all of us impartially. Mrs. Eddy wrote, “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters (Science and Health, p. 13).”
I pray that the Oklahomans will come to the waters to realize the sunlight of God’s love is with them to help them rebuild and find comfort in their losses. In God’s eyes there is no destructive event, and the sun is continuously shining forever.