In high school, I had the pleasure of skipping class – legally – to go see off-broadway plays as I was in theatre. One of those plays we saw was “Oklahoma.” To this day, I can get the song stuck in my head every time I hear the chorus: Oh what a beautiful mornin’!
I’ve never been to Oklahoma but some of the best people I know hail from the Sooner State.
As the news has been keeping the nation updated on the tragic circumstances of the awe-inspiring EF4 tornado that tore through Moore, Okla. yesterday, I found this video of a time lapse of the tornado thanks to NPR.
I had the audio turned off as I watched and distinctly remember thinking: Why doesn’t the person videoing stop what they’re doing and do something to help!
My next immediate thought was: What a foolish and silly thought!
What could anyone do? What could anyone do to influence the madness of the whirling winds that caused car-size debris to fly through the air? What can anyone do except pray?
I suppose I should give myself a little credit for the idiotic thought – at least I wanted to help, right? And then I realized that I all could do is pray and send through whatever spiritual high-way connects Dallas to Moore, the love and care you can’t help but feel for these brave folks. At least for now…
Because you see, soon, already in fact, there will be opportunities to help. Donations of food, water, money and time will help to rebuild this community. And prayers – prayers are always answered one way or another.
God, please bless Oklahoma with safety and healing. Help those who have lost their loved ones feel solace in your arms. Help those who cannot find their loved ones find them at last. Convict every heart to pray and every set of able hands to help. Your will be done. Your love to cover us all. – Amen.