This past weekend certainly taught North Carolina and a few surrounding states that no matter what man has built, only God can truly destroy all. In the face of complete and utter devastation, people are banding together, donating needed clothing and other items that these families have lost. There were reports of a group of women going through one neighborhood in Fayetteville, arms linked, singing a hymn. Gradually others joined in, and soon tornado victims, volunteers and others were all singing while they worked. That story brought tears to my eyes.
It is indeed a sad thing to hear about all the deaths and everything that we have lost in the face of this disaster. However, at a time like this, I can’t help but praise God for reminding us that no matter what, we should love one another. After all, the Pharisees in Matthew 22:37-40 tried to test Jesus by asking him what the most important commandment from God could possibly be. His response? ” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” That just about says it all to me. There is nothing more important than loving God and loving those around you. I’m just sorry that it takes a time like this to remind us.