This Journal has become quite a multimedia experience over the past few weeks, with all of the video and photo postings. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. There’s so much I’ve wanted to post, but most of it has to do with IU basketball and football and – to be honest, I’m tired of talking about it right now. I’m sure you’re tired of reading about it. This isn’t a sports blog, although sports do tend to take it over from time to time. Sorry about that. Real updates will be coming…sometime. The next few weeks will be rather crazy at church. We have the Trunk or Treat coming soon and our Homecoming Service is the following Sunday (y’all are invited…even in Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee! Can you really let distance be an excuse? I didn’t think so), a lot of my energies are being spent on getting things ready – which is a very good thing. Oh yeah, the kids are on Fall Break this week, so I’m trying to spend as much time with them as I can, too.
In addition to all of this, I can’t stop watching stuff about the fires out west. I try not to do too much when the kids are around because I don’t want it to scare them. They had fire prevention week a few weeks ago and they’ve got fire on the brain, if you know what I mean. But I try to get updates as frequently as possible. As I think most of you know, we went on our honeymoon to San Diego and absolutely loved the place. So there will always be a special place in my heart for that area. I also know a few people in the area. To my knowledge, none of them have been evacuated – yet.
I remember being in Knoxville when the forest fires were raging through Tennessee and Kentucky six or seven years ago. There was a constant haze in the air and it was difficult to breathe – and we were several miles from the fires. It sounds like these fires are much worse. It can’t be a pleasant experience for anyone remotely close to them. And there’s not much I can do at this point to help.
So, I do the only things I can do at this point – keep informed and pray. Pray for those who lost everything. Pray for those who are in danger of losing everything. Pray for those who are trying to prevent people from losing everything. Pray for the people helping those who have lost everything. I know stuff can be replaced. I get that. I agree with that. But it still strikes a terrible blow when you lose absolutely everything.