A few days have passed since my sister and her family lost their house, and your kind words and donations have been so sweet and comforting to them. They are staying with our youngest sister for right now, just a few miles away from their place. She and her family welcomed them and their pets, plus all the rest of us and all the friends and neighbors who bombarded their home over the weekend. The outpouring of love for them is staggering.
My brother-in-law suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns that are being treated at a burn center in Pittsburgh, but he is recovering; Evie, Owen, and Ayden started back to school today; and Bea is taking everything one day at a time. The enormity of their loss hits them in different ways at different times, but they are healing.
The overwhelming response from their community and from people who don’t even know them is astounding. I can’t say enough about the help they received immediately from the American Red Cross. You always hear that they are the first to come forward, but until you see it, you just can’t fully appreciate what they do to help. The family’s pharmacy immediately filled their medical prescriptions at no cost, Walmart’s eye care center got them replacement glasses at no charge, local restaurants sent food or gift cards for meals within hours. I am just in awe of the generosity and kindness that I saw.
In spite of all they’ve lost, I keep thinking of the lyrics to one of the songs we sing at church.
“God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good
All the time”