The Edmond Sun

May 28, 2013

LETTER: Words of comfort for the many recent storm victims

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — To the Editor:

I drafted the following words late Monday night after witnessing one of the most life-shattering tornados to ever touch down in Oklahoma. These words have been helpful to many of my friends, colleagues and family members as they have tried to make sense of these tragic events. So, I thought they may be meaningful to your readers as well.

Tonight I Weep

Tonight I weep tears of joy as I hug, kiss and tuck my little ones safely into bed; but tears of heartfelt sorrow for parents who will tuck there little ones in no more.

Tonight I weep tears of relief as I sit safely in the comfort of my home; but tears of despair for families who no longer have a place to call home.

Tonight I weep tears of relief, knowing that my children have been spared the horror of today’s merciless storm; but tears of compassion for those whose lives have been physically, emotionally, and spiritually shattered.

Tonight I weep tears of gratitude for the abundant grace, peace and mercy that God, our Father, is sure to provide; but tears of empathy for those who are questioning His very existence in the face of such extreme loss and hopelessness.

Tonight I weep tears of thanksgiving as I am reminded of what is really important in this life; but tears of guilt, knowing that my family has been spared while others have suffered so deeply.

Tonight I weep, but find comfort in the knowledge that my Lord Jesus is surely weeping with me and with those who have the seemingly insurmountable task of picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and rebuilding.

Abba, Father … hear the cries of your people this night as we long so desperately for your grace, peace and mercy. Weep with us, have compassion on us, and restore hope to broken lives. Amen.

Gregg A. Hostetler