Sunday, May 06, 2007
THE PAST TENSE OF A TOWN THAT IS NO MORE
WE DON'T KNOW THE HOUR OR THE DAY... SO KEEP WATCH, BE VIGILANT AND READY FOR THE LORD!
Population 1,885. Greensburg Kansas. The home of the world's largest hand dug well. The home of the largest asteroid. All are gone. Eight churches, three schools, an enchanting soda fountain and a beautiful downtown area-- All gone! One felt swoop! The radar of the storm itself is pretty damn scary looking. This tornado was 1.4 miles in WIDTH-- holy God! The words of the late great John Lennon come to mind "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"-- he said that one month before his own demise. We don't know the time and we don't the hour when fate or death or disaster will strike. Today I said a prayer for the good people of Greensburg. I asked God in Jesus' name if he would please let this town's survivors be found and that these good people could re-build this historic and wonderful place. I prayed that they would keep the faith and not give up on God because of this disaster. I noted that the local high school was holding an all out invitation for the alumnus of the High school all over the world to come to Greenburg on May 29th for a giant re-union. On the invitation, the promoters even provided the cook's cell phone number so that famous graduates could call and leave him the numbers in their party-- they didn't want to run out of food. Well, they won't-- because there won't be a re-union this year-- there simply is no high school to come home to. I don't think I could ever live in Kansas. Our Ritz Camera once had its big warehouse in Clayton, Kansas but moved it five years ago to Swanee, Georgia. My prayers will continue for these good people. The 70th anniversary of another disaster is observed today as well-- the explosion of the Hindenburg. So the lesson is repeated. We simply don't know the time. We don't know the hour when our lives will be ripped apart or ripped away. And sometimes we just don't understand why all of these tragedies must befall us. But know that God loves us in all of it. He sends us these reminders to get our attention. If we love Him, we really need to trust him. With this help, this good town will rise again like the phoenix from the ashes. It will be whole again one day! Let us pray for all of these people on this Sunday. They will not again forget the date of May 6, 2007.