contrast SOLC20 #13

Out of the black night the wind came. Swirling and twisting, destroying houses, schools, cars, trees, and sadly, people. No force could contain it. And then it was gone. The morning light brought a terrible sight, but almost immediately the work began. Now, a few days later, the clean-up efforts have been “incredible” and they continue.  People coming together with hands to work, funding to share, and hugs all around. There was no bit of human control or influence on the cause, but tremendous human kindness in the aftermath.

Out of the east the germs have come, trickling in steadily and strongly. Causing illness, even death. And it continues. Each morning brings news of a growing number of cases, more cancellations, no toilet paper in the stores (???), and loads of fear. In this case there is human control or influence on its cause and spread, but many people are hibernating and “social distancing,” every man for himself.

What a contrast in these events in nearby Nashville and throughout Tennessee. It is encouraging to see tornado cleanup efforts continue, even in the wake of coronavirus concerns. Two serious problems. Two differing responses.

Thankfully these words offer comfort to everyone:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His feathers,
    and under His wings you will find refuge;
    His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Psalm 91:1-6


4 thoughts on “contrast SOLC20 #13

  1. jodimahoney says:

    “Two serious problems. Two differing responses.” I love the way you juxtapose these two events. Such devastation on some many levels. Poignant.

  2. I have always loved these lines of that citation, “He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;” Thank you for reminding me of this!

    We will help one another through this difficult time. Be well, be strong!

  3. Looking at the contrast (and even the similarities) of these two events is interesting. It seems the tornado victim have become “old news” with the virus taking center stage. Comfort can be found in your scripture verse. He is my refuge!

  4. Fran Haley says:

    Beautiful words of strength and reassurance – yours as well as the psalmist’s. Our strength in time of trouble.

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