Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Disaster in our Hometown: Part 2

After hearing through friends and facebook of what had happened in our town, I was uneasy about actually seeing the damage. Having trouble getting what I felt out in words, or even emotion. I was numb.
Once seeing though, my heart was overwhelmed with grief, but at the same time I had this realization of just how BIG our God is. How incredible and merciful He is. As I saw the destruction I knew it was severe, but it could have been much, much worse.

Homes in a subdivision that were completely torn apart.

Apartment buildings that have been around for as long as I can remember.
Power lines in piles of rubbish.

The path of the storm as it came over the mountain.
Vehicles totaled.
As horrible as these pictures look, of course in person is so much more real.

But, there is hope.

There is hope in Christ and there is beauty in community and there is love in family.
Our little town is banding together, as a united front. Helping, sharing, loving through this time of tragedy. Serving and giving. Seeing just how one person CAN make a difference, and many people can make an impact.
Our town will survive this, and we will be stronger for it. There is a renewed love for family, community and the One True God. May this stay with us for as long as we live.



  1. Chas,
    You remain in our hearts and prayers, as does your town. How is your little farm doing in the aftermath?
    Many hugs,

  2. Praying God will continue to hold you in the palm of His hand.
    I prayed for you and your family last Wednesday when I heard that your part of the state had been hit hard. I live in Gilmer County and we're praying for you here. What items do the people of your area need the most?

  3. My heart is aching, too Chas and also hope and awe at how great God is...I got to know my new neighbors as we all gathered in my father-in-law's basement wednesday. We were all spared, with only a little damage in comparison to what happened in the valley and many other parts of the mountain. Your blog expresses so well how I'm feeling right now. Thanks for sharing!!! Love you...

  4. Oh, Chas--! I've been missing you at the Shed and my FB hasn't been working, so I've missed this until now. I'm so sorry, but so very thankful that your family is safe. We'll be praying for you, my friend! {{{Chassy}}}


  5. We had a hurricane hop right over our town....Houston got it worse than we did, and we're FIVE minutes from the water. God is in control of the storms. Robinmamalama wants you to know she is thinking of you.

  6. chas, don't post the comment i just made....i just now see that Robinmamamlama DID get you the message............