Recently, Oklahoma and other areas have experienced the tragic forces of nature. Property was destroyed, people were injured, and lives were lost. Whenever something like this happens, you immediately begin to see people communicating the most ridiculous religious nonsense. You see and hear it via the media and in the pulpits.
Friends, let’s be very clear. God did not send any of the tornadoes (or cause any other natural disaster for that matter) and God was with every single person (and animal) involved.
I’ve already seen people posting about a teacher who prayed out loud in the school and saying she is a hero because she prayed in the school in spite of prayers not being permitted. There is no law saying that people cannot pray in schools. In fact, many, if not most schools, allow for a minute or two of silence in the mornings so that everyone can pray according to their particular beliefs. I’m sure there were many teachers, children, and staff in the schools who were praying in their time of peril. I’ve also heard and read where people are saying that schools are targeted by God because God was taken out of the schools. God was not taken out of the schools. To say that does a great disservice to everyone in the schools who have very strong beliefs in God.
There are some who are blaming the tornadoes on groups of people only because they don’t agree with their beliefs or lifestyles. Personally, I believe that God is a very loving, kind, and compassionate entity and to do anything except to manifest as unconditional love would not be who I believe him to be. Therefore, for those who think they speak for God and know God’s intentions in these disasters is unconscionable and sad.
We don't know why these things happen. I do know that I believe that God doesn’t cause them. He also doesn’t send tornadoes to punish people. Mother Nature has a mind of her own and these natural disasters have been occurring since the beginning of time.
What those affected by the tornadoes and other weather related tragedies need at this time is our unconditional love, compassion, and kindness. Those in the trenches helping in the search and rescue work are doing so regardless of the race, religion, nationality, sexual preference, or politics of the victims. They are just helping their fellow beings…period. And that is the way it should be!
Why does it take disasters to remind us how much a part of each other we really are? When something like this happens, people put aside any and all difference and they come to the aide of their fellow brothers and sisters, and this includes our animals and pets. Nothing else matters except for serving humanity. This is when we “get it.” We know our connectedness. We know that we are all a part of each other.
There are countless heroes all over the world; people who will go out of their way, some even risking their lives to help others. We are seeing many of these people who risked their lives to save others during the tornadoes, and we are seeing them helping in the aftermath.
Even though we may not be able to help in a direct way, we can help by using our words wisely. We can pray. If you can send money to one of the legitimate organizations, please do so. But, please…let us focus our energies on helping people by sending love, compassion, kindness, peace, and healing. Let it be loving and positive and lift people up. Yakov Smirnoff said, “The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart.” There sure are many, many people in the world who have huge hearts and I would like to say “thank you and bless you!”
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen May 24, 2013.