Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Strength of a Community

Julie's kids and their friends passed out fliers inviting tornado victims to a free meal at Lakeside Baptist Church.

I have lived in Granbury for ten years and have loved our community with its small town charm and historic downtown square that attracts visitors from everywhere.

It wasn’t until the tornado hit our town last week that I truly began to understand just how tight-knit our community really is.

From the moment the tornado left the area, people began giving, collecting, working to help their neighbors and showing God’s love during a time of crisis.  The outpouring of love in this community and to this community has been amazing.  To see such a positive impact in a negative situation has stirred the hearts of people around the country. 

To those of you who are giving your time, energy, resources, finances, etc. to help the tornado victims, whether in Granbury, Cleburne or Moore, thank you.  To see an up-close view of the generosity that comes during tragedy is astounding.

Julie's husband helped with clean up in a neighboring community.

Where is God in times like these?  Right here in the midst of the devastation holding our hands as together we help our neighbors.

Lord, I continually pray for your arms of comfort and peace to surround everyone affected by the tornadoes and that through this devastation will come joy that only you can provide. 

Julie Swink works in Brand Management & Promotions for Texas Health Resources and is a Mom of two.

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