Friday, November 10, 2006

a sad day

Today was a sad day for us. I received a phone call early this morning informing me that our beloved church was on fire. I wasn't prepared for what I saw. This place has embraced my family for the past few years. The community is beyond my description. As I pulled up to the church and the smoke was billowing out, I felt like someone could have knocked me over with a feather. The air was cold and biting, the smell of smoke was dense and choking. It was a feeling of grief. As if a member of our family was dying before me.

As I walked closer to the church, I noticed a large group of people standing in the bank parking lot across the street. There were about 100 parishioners huddling together. This is the church, I thought. This is the community that embraced us. This is the family that has been with us. This is the spirit that binds us together. And Christ was with us today. From the workers in the bank that kept us warm, to the brave firefighters that tried to save all that they could, to the Salvation Army workers that fed us throughout the day. God in all his grace shown through these people. And He will be with us as a family and as a community as we rebuild and grieve, and heal.


Tracy said...

What an awful thing to happen!! Shame on those who did it! A while back our church went through a period where we were continually burglarized - it was a frustrating and upsetting thing to go through.

There is a problem with arson right now in this city. Its constant on the news (I believe the church down the street from MOPS was a victim last year). Someone is having a lot of sick fun. :(

melissa said...

I'm so sad to hear about your church burning down. It sounds like it's a very special place for you.

beki said...

What a horrible thing to happen!