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    Thoughts and Prayers

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Good morning, friends.

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with family and friends. For us, it's been quiet, though nice. We played, attended a farewell BBQ for good friends, and danced ourselves silly.

    On a personal note, I've also been preparing for tomorrow night's red carpet walk for Pirates of the Caribbean. But I have to be honest, my heart has been half in it. My thoughts have been torn. For one, Husband has been out of town for a week and we've missed him terribly.

    The other reason is this:

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    My father was called to Chicago after Katrina to assist with insurance claims. He was gone for many months, and after the recent tornadoes which devastated Tuscaloosa and other cities in the south, he was called back. More than likely he'll be there a while longer to help prepare with other agents for the upcoming hurricane season.

    Now the Mighty Mississippi is swollen and once again the South is taking a hit. My father sent me these pictures in an email to show how wide-spread the flooding has become. It shows pictures from the casinos in Tunica, MS, Mud Island in Memphis TN, a golf course in Newport, AR, and I-55 between Memphis, TN into Arkansas.

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    Over the weekend The Army Corps of Engineers purposely opened a spillway in a part of Louisiana known to we natives as Cajun country. It was done so the waters wouldn't spill into the bigger cities, such as New Orleans.

    This doesn't make the loss of income, land, or home any less significant. If anything, we've been left with a greater sense of sadness and frustration that such a decision had to be made in the first place. Many people have been asking, "Haven't we been through enough?"

    A person of Faith might reply that God never gives us more than we are capable of handling. While I do believe this, I find myself unsure of what to say.

    2011 has been a rough year thus far. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, flooding~it's been overwhelming. Heartbreaking. Sometimes words fail me when I try to make sense of it, and in times like this I'm so glad I can pray.

    I take great solace in that time of quiet and conversation with God. For some reason my head will always feel more clear after talking with Him. My burdens may not feel lighter right away, but I feel that I can deal with things more completely and with greater ease.

    I know He is listening.

    And since He is, won't you please lift all those who are in need in prayer? Those who are being affected by the floods, pray for them. Those affected by the tornadoes, pray for them. Those who were affected by the earthquakes and tsunamis, pray for them. Anyone that you know who might need them, please pray for them, too.

    It's a little something that can make a great difference.

    Have a lovely week, all!

    4 Responses to “
    Thoughts and Prayers

    Ruth said...

    The last 2 months mother nature has been pounding down. It is so amazing to see. Downtown Memphis has been busy with people going to see the flooding.

    Katie@Yoga Gal said...

    That was a lovely entry, Elizabeth. My cousin lives on Mud Island in Memphis and although his apartment is on the third floor, he is still worried about getting to his building with the flooding. He is also getting married this week!

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone right now. Mother Nature has unleashed her fury this year, it seems.

    The Southern Lady said...

    Ruth~You're not wrong! It has been one thing after another, hasn't it? I know if I were home I'd go take a look at the Mississippi, too, because it seems so hard to beleive! Take care sweet girl.

    Katie~Thank you! It took me a little while to work out how I was feeling and what I wanted to say, so I'm glad it was appreciated. My prayers are with your cousin and his bride-to-be. Many well-wishes and congratulations on their upcoming nuptials! Will you be attending the wedding?

    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers said...

    What a touching post. It's so easy to push things aside in your mind if it's not in your backyard. Thanks for making it so personal.