Praying for the central U.S.
It’s starting. Western OK is already showing multiple tornado warnings, not just watches.
My morning prayer is always, since I was around ten years old, the collect for grace from the order of matins. The operative sentence here is “O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting G-d, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power … grant that we may not … run into any kind of danger.”
Used to be if you lived in the midwest you had a storm cellar; my grandparents certainly all had one; hope that’s where everyone is going. If for some reason you are reading this and you’re somewhere in the white or red zones please take cover.
If you want to help out in Joplin, MO, here are some links:
Facebook page for Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery, with running updates on ways to donate and matching challenges like the one we did here, and someone who’s offering $1 per “like” up to $2500.
American Red Cross donations, including information on donation by texting.
Honestly, I didn’t mean to turn this blog into all charity appeal all the time. It’s just so heartbreaking to watch this and I’ve got a feeling that now that we’re so technologically up to date we’re going to see a lot of this particular disaster as it happens.
If you have a charity you’d like to bring closer to any readers here, please feel free to mention it in the comments. I know Alabama still needs a lot of help. There are wildfires going on West Texas, which is always particularly brutal.
More Armitage soon. I’m working on a post for tonight.