As many as 100 lives were lost to the tornado storms in the Midwest and South, leaving many families broken and in mourning. From collapsed distribution centers to family-owned businesses and homes being lifted from the ground, many across the country are devastated. Over 100 people are still missing.
Natural disasters affect people across the globe all the time, but it doesn’t ever prepare those who are directly impacted. Sometimes all we can do is pray that the “God of all comfort” intercedes for those in distress.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
It’s also during events like this that we are nudged to consider our own mortality.
- In an average year, about 800 tornadoes are reported in the US, which result in ~80 deaths and ~1,500 injuries.
- This most recent tornado outbreak is the deadliest to occur during a winter month.
- The US has had 19 “billion-dollar disasters” hit in 2021 alone.
How would you live differently or change your perspective today if you knew that tomorrow would never come? Our lifestyle is often a reflection of our ideals, and so we live each day like tomorrow is another chance, but tomorrow is only an ideal; today is your best chance at becoming the person you want to be. Become the person you want to be tomorrow today.
After Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he said, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
As we pray for those affected by the path of the tornado, whose lives will never be the same, let’s also reflect on our own lives. Tomorrow is not promised. The events of this week’s storm should be a sobering reminder of this simple fact.
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The Pour Over News readers have donated over $21,500 to various organizations with boots on the ground to help relieve rescue efforts.