They Will Rebuild

I said I would be absent from here for awhile. But truth is, even though I am not publishing, I am still writing. The posts are sitting in queue, waiting for me to click the publish button. Seems this blog has become a big part of my life, along with all of you, the friends I have made through this web portal.

This past week our energies have been centered on the aftermath of the tornado that tore through my community on Nov. 16.

In the picture below there once stood a charming old farmhouse, which I dearly loved, surrounded by large oak trees. I was told it was one of the oldest houses in the area. Now, all that stands is this carport and a small outbuilding.

Thankfully the couple that lived there made it out safely.

The tornado was not on the ground for long, but long enough to completely destroy six houses and several barns. The houses and barns can be rebuilt, the contents can be replaced. But the lives that were lost can never be replaced or forgotten.

My heart breaks a little more each time I run across a random piece of someone’s life lying haphazardly in a field or hanging from a tree.

The Captain spent the most of this past week helping clear debris and cut trees with Boo and I helping when we could.

There are many uprooted trees that were too strong to break.

And many that were twisted off leaving what remained splintered and torn.

Here is just one example of the destruction that is still left to be cleared.

I am proud of the way our community banded together to help eachother. And not just our community, other cities, counties and states have been here doing what is necessary. We have met some of the most truly wonderful people. People who have given their time and/or money, expecting nothing in return.

From those who could not be here to help the donations have been pouring in. There were several uninsured houses that were completely demolished. With donations of time, materials and money, they will be rebuilt. Another uninsured house needed roof repairs. That has already been completed.

In less than a week most of the houses and debris have been completely cleared. They now await decisions to be made for the next step in rebuilding.

We have tornado warnings every spring and summer, but I can’t remember a warning ever being issued in the month of November. In less than a week after this tornado tore through our town there were more warnings issued ahead of a storm that was moving in.

This is the first and hopefully the last tornado and aftermath I’ve seen. It’s rather small and not as devastating as the tornados that have ravaged the midwest in the recent years. But for those few that were affected it is big to them.

Life goes on. They will rebuild. But we will never forget.


6 comments on “They Will Rebuild

  1. I did not hear about this, Becky. How awful for everyone in the area. It twists my stomach to think of the fear and then the despair they must have felt at seeing the aftermath. God bless you all. That scrap of music is the one of the most poignant statement that could be made about the effects of such devastation.

  2. Just this morning the man that will be our interim minister for a time taught our Sunday School class. He lives in a small town very near Joplin and one of the things he talked about was the incredibly wonderful things that came out of the horrific tornado that swept through Joplin this past spring. He said he counseled many after the storm and the first question from many of those folks was “Why did God allow that storm.” He had to truthfully answer that he didn’t know the answer to that question but he did know that God does love His children and will take care of them. I have and will continue to pray for those in your area affected by the storm you experienced.

  3. It is in times of crisis when we are reminded just how wonderful our neighbors, communities and country are. I pray that the devasted hearts will find peace as well, Becky. God Bless you all for helping.

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