The Power of Tragedy


April 27, 2011 Central Church of Christ's building

April 27, 2011 Central Church of Christ’s building

I first posted this on May 03, 2011 less than a week after a generational tornado outbreak destroyed communities, homes, churches, schools, etc. During that time, I was privileged to be able to assist in a small way in relief efforts in Walker and Tuscaloosa Counties including bringing supplies and meals to Central Church of Christ. Little did I know that four years later, I would be serving Central in a different role. Today as Tuscaloosa recalls these storms of the 4th anniversary of the events. My thoughts about tragedy then and now are the same. Can we keep the spirit of community that happens after a storm? Can we hang on to the love? Can we continue to work together no matter our ethnicities? My prayer is that we can and will.

The Morning Drive

Tragedies come.  They come in the form of accidents.  They come in the form of violence.  Tragedies come.  The come in the form of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes.

Tragedies have power.  Their power of disruption, death, and destruction comes as

no surprise. Tragedies have a surprising power.  The surprising power of tragedies are their ability to re-establish the concept of community in people.

Seven days ago, on Wednesday, April 27 the Southeastern states experienced an epic, generational outbreak of violent straight-line winds, violent thunderstorms, and tornadoes.  Add to that the flooding that is occurring on the Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries and you have tragedy after tragedy.  In our corner, EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes and strong straight-line winds cause severe damage to communities and entire towns in my county and in surrounding counties.  The damage and death toll is mind-boggling.  If you can survey the damage and not…

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