A weekly post from my childhood to grown-up friend Carrie ~
sharing her awesome life and her desire to have community while doing it!
Happy TribeLife Tuesday!
I am so thrilled that you have joined me here today. As usual, I have so many things whispering in my heart, but there is one that is louder than the rest. I invite you to pull up a chair at my table, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and be a listening ear. There is a tragedy currently happening on one side of our great nation and these waves of fierce hope and fight rise up followed by an intense wave of sorrow.
For those who don’t know, a fire began on July 23 when a vehicle suffered a mechanical failure in Northern California. Of course, Californians are used to fires like Floridians are used to Hurricanes, and Texans Tornadoes. But no one could have predicted what we are now seeing. In just 7 days, this fire has ravaged over 98,000 acres, destroyed or damaged 1,100 plus homes and buildings, and is continuing to burn. The pictures that flash over social media platforms, on news channels, and online are utterly terrifying. It looks apocalyptic. My husband said it looks like something out of one his video games. Absolutely surreal.
This is the reality for so many right now: fear, trauma, and pain. And as I sit in my home, 1,800 miles away, watching and praying, yearning to see a miracle happen, I can’t help but find myself mentally there. I don’t think I realized it until now but our family is there, not by blood, but by heart and soul. We’re connected because we’re human.
Have you ever experienced that? Where you feel sympathy pains for another?
As part of this amazing tapestry of humanity, we have a responsibility to be aware. May we never be so caught up in our world that someone else’s tragedy or pain becomes less important.
Here is my hope for you today:
That you would connect yourself to a tribe in a vulnerable, authentic way!
Pray for everyone this Carr Fire has affected. Pray for rain to come and for strength for the amazing men and women working to keep everyone safe there.
Make a conscious effort to be aware of the world around you.