I wanted to be funny, but tornadoes are not funny

Rats. I really wanted to be funny tonight. I wanted to write about silly things – funny things. So much of my life is funny this should be easy, right?

I even considered writing about random funny things again.

This weekend was our missions convention at church. We had a fabulous, dynamic speaker, Dr. Ron Maddux, who told us amazing stories of being a missionary in China and other areas of Asia. It was truly inspiring. He was funny.

When I was looking him up to put a link on his name, I accidentally typed “google.cm“. Do you know what happens when you type that? You get the google site for Cameroon.

Who knew? It even asked me if I wanted things translated. Google is so smart. That was kinda funny.

My pug, Daisy, went crazy for no reason this afternoon. She picked up a toy and whipped it around, over and over, growling and barking at it like it was alive. That was funny.

I sang on the worship team today; I’m usually at the keyboard or in the tech booth. It was joyful and exciting, but I hope is wasn’t funny! Oh dear.

My girls were immensely responsible today, which made me super proud, but it wasn’t funny. In fact it was pretty darn serious stuff.

When I left for church this morning they were still sleeping. I left them a note that said, “Watch the weather.”

I even put the doplar radar from our local TV news media up on the computer for them to see.

You see, we knew there was a chance of severe thunderstorms today. Crazy weather. It’s November, for cry-eye.

So, when I got home from church, they had the dogs, themselves and their most prized possessions in the basement watching a show on Netflix.

A serious storm was rumbling through, and they took every precaution they could think of. They even brought flashlights with them.

When the tornado sirens went off, I woke my hubby (he worked 14 hrs the night before) and we ALL went to the basement. We were the fortunate ones.

People 20 miles due south of us weren’t so fortunate.

Devastating tornado in Illinois 11/17/13 by Anthony Khoury

Devastating tornado in Illinois 11/17/13 by Anthony Khoury

This was the horrible beast that roared through several towns doing serious damage and taking precious lives.

There is NOTHING funny about a tornado.

The devastation is monumental.

These folks can use your prayers. They may even need more tangible help, too.

Here’s some advice from a former firefighter/paramedic/911 dispatcher – if the sirens are going off, get inside, away from the windows at the lowest level of your home as possible.

If you don’t have a basement, get into a bathroom; for some reason, the pipes seem to hold everything together better.

If you have bicycle helmets or football helmets – WEAR THEM! I’m not kidding. Saving your noggin’ and looking silly is far better than have a brain injury.

Washington Diamond tornado aftermath 11172013

Tornado aftermath 11/17/13 by Chris Khoury

Nope, nothing funny in any of this. Just sad. Thankful that more weren’t hurt or killed, but still sad.

So, I can’t be funny tonight. Tonight, I have prayers to pray. I have Facebook pages to share to help people find the pets that are now missing.

There are “volunteer needed” schedules to share with those that can help.

You want to help? Go visit your local blood bank and donate blood. I’m a universal donor – O negative and CMV negative. Even neo-nates can get my blood.

Maybe the good to come from this horrible event is that people will see the goodness and kindness from others. Maybe pets will be reunited with owners. Maybe people will understand that their lives were spared by the grace of God.

Whatever path this event leads people down, I’m hoping that we can all find something else, something that IS funny to laugh about eventually.

Rats. I really wanted to be funny tonight.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3  a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time for war and a time for peace.

Source: BibleGateway

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