Over the past few days, we have witnessed yet again the ferocity of nature. The terrible storms that have swept across the mid-section of our country have had a devastating impact – the horrific loss of life, the destruction of property, the disruption of what used to be normalcy. They say that predictions of violent weather came days before. Those predictions could not adequately prepare anyone for what was to come. Beyond praying for those affected by what has happened, we should be generous and wise in providing aid to the hurting and grieving. It is unfortunate that unscrupulous people will take advantage of situations like this. Trust agencies and organizations that have a good record of delivering needed supplies and services without high overhead costs. One good choice is through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Mission Community. Tommy Deal, a good friend, is the CBF Disaster Relief Coordinator. He has been in touch with people in Oklahoma to know what is needed most. If you wish to give through this avenue, you can go to the CBF website (www.thefellowship.info/Give/Donate) or give through Wieuca.
On this Memorial Day Weekend, we reflect on what it means to be Americans. Through the years we have made plenty of mistakes and haven’t always been at our best, but Americans are a proud, generous people. Time and again, our country has responded in times of need to help each other or help those in other lands. Americans have been willing to pay the ultimate price for freedom and have done so by the thousands. We honor that spirit of sacrifice this weekend even as we rally to help our own where disaster has struck.