Four days after the Joplin, MO tornado, my sister (Amy DeArmond) wrote these words… Powerful stuff…
Today I saw the storm, ravaging in morbid power, wasting it’s anger on an unsuspecting town.
Today I saw chaos, in the clenched fists forcing their way through the debris-strewn streets, seeking whom they could.
Today I saw fear, all-consuming and yet substantiated, paralyzing all in it’s path.
Today I saw compassion, crawling out of the woodwork, feeling entirely inadequate yet so eager to lend a hand.
Today I saw desperation, as the sun rose once again over the same shredded landscape.
Today I saw death, and it was gritty and gray and made me question my own worthiness to inhabit this flesh and bone.
Today I saw survival, in the eyes of a grizzled man waiting patiently for a toothbrush.
Today I saw frustration, at the lack of progress and the steady count of the deceased and missing.
Today I saw sorrow, resting heavily on the shoulders of a child too young and lean to carry such a burden.
Today I saw perseverance, as we have all seen so much, endured so much, in this week of todays.
Today I saw determination, because no matter what today brings we continue to believe that tomorrow…we will see hope.