Memorial Day. Recent Tornadoes. Continued Recovery.

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As we celebrate our Veterans today who fought for our freedom, we’re also thinking about the many families who were affected during the recent tornadoes and who lost loved ones, homes, and businesses.

I know for me, I’ve been struggling this week from day-to-day with thoughts of ‘I need to be productive and work – keep on keepin’ on ’ keeping my family going, keeping my business going… from thoughts of being stuck in the ‘I can’t begin to imagine the trauma so many friends and families in our community are dealing with – what can I do to help’ mode.

Our pastor, Craig Groeschel, shared an amazing message this weekend, which helped us tremendously in processing the past week and all of the devastation.  He shared that in times of tragedy, we should ‘give’, ‘act’ and ‘pray’.  There are many ways to ‘give’ through your local church, the local Red Cross, or United Way.  Needs are changing on a daily basis, and needs will be long term.  If you’ve been struggling with how to help or stepping in to physically ‘act’, know that when the time is right – you can (and will) be a blessing to someone in need.  Prayer:  we can ‘pray’ for those who are grieving, those who were both directly and indirectly affected, we can pray for comfort, faith, strength, endurance, provisions, churches, community, first responders, and we can pray that God uses us to make a difference.

I know we all process grief and tragedy in our own and different ways, but I also know that we are an amazing community that is ready, willing and able to make a difference and support our neighbors.

The message “Helping the Hurting” should be available for viewing in the next few days, check out for details.

Metro Family Magazine has a great article with helpful information on Ways to Help Families Affected by the May 20th Tornado:  Click here for the link

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