As these events occur, I find myself glued to the news reports during the day, and ticking things over in my mind at night. Like many, I have a faith in God that pulls me through the hard times in my life. But regardless of whether you believe or not - there are few things as uplifting and comforting as hearing about the ways that people reach out to each other with things seem overwhelming.
I particularly enjoyed this article by Jason F Wright this morning:
And with all of this in mind, I came across a really wonderful story on Facebook that is definitely worth a watch. It's a quieter example of how tragedy and hard times can bring out the best in us and actually enhance our lives. Zach passed away a few days ago, on the 20th of May, but his life has touched so many others (especially with this video now going viral), and he was able to be strengthened and touched by so many in return. If you've got 22 minutes and a box of tissues, I'd highly recommend it:
So I guess in summary: Storms are scary, and there are certainly a lot of them around. Some people's storms are so severe that I can't even begin to relate. But I'm grateful to know that the sun will always continue to shine above the clouds - even when they block our view momentarily - and that it will eventually find a way to break through.