Hurricane Ike has caused more damage and loss than any of us want to think about. He even reached us here in Kentucky this weekend with high wind storms that have left many without power for days. The worst tragedies, of course, are those who have lost their lives. A woman in a town nearby lost her life when a tree limb fell on her. She was outside making her three children come inside. One of the children broke his arm, and I wish with all my heart that were the only casualty that day.
Ironically, another tragedy involved people trying to save a young life. A man and his son drowned as they tried to rescue a ten year old boy. Like so many heroes, they didn’t walk away from their finest hour.
The local news wanted to tell me more stories, but my heart couldn’t take it. Suffice to say, you won’t hear me complaining about the damage done to our trees, roof, or about the time we were without power. I pretty much welcome the problems we’re having with cell phones and an internet connection that crawls at a snail’s pace. I know we’re amongst the very, very lucky ones.
My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by the nastiness of Ike. And I guess that’s pretty much all of us in one way or another. If today doesn’t call for an extra dose of comfort and encouragement, I (literally) don’t want to see the day that does.
We live by encouragement, and we die without it – slowly, sadly, angrily. – Celest Holme
Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. – Author Unknown
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. – Zig Ziglar
God is closest to those with broken hearts. – Jewish Saying
The heart is the only broken instrument that works. – T.E. Kalem
Sadness flies away on the wings of time. – Jean de La Fontaine
Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. – Jean Giraudoux
The more sympathy you give, the less you need. – Malcolm S. Forbes
To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. – Abraham Lincoln
When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal. – Author Unknown