Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stuff and such...

So much stuff has happened here lately... and such a lot of it is really hard.


The memorial for the 19 fallen Hotshot firefighters has grown.


Ironically this street is named Easy Street.


It has rained, hailed, been windy, dried up, been sunny, and rained some more. People keep coming and fixing the fallen, catch the drifting, cover the fading, and add a little bit of themselves.


The memorial turns a corner. And so do the lives of those affected by the Yarnell Hill fire. Families begin to put the pieces back together. Samaritans Purse is here with a disaster team to help the Yarnell families. Some will be able to clean up and go home. Some will sift through the debris and decide what turn to take next.


The memorial takes another turn and rides the fence behind the buildings. In spite of the narrow passage and slippery gravel, people walk all the way back to the end. And all the way back to the end new things appear, someone replaces something, another clip is added to keep a t-shirt on the fence.

Touches from all over the world as stuff is left to remind the families that someone was here and someone cared. Volunteers help those who have lost their homes. Others reach out to #20.

People being His hands and feet to a hurting world...


And that's the real stuff of Life.

Blessed to be a blessing. Don't wait for the disaster to bless someone - do it now!

Blessings,
Kathy

18 comments:

  1. How wonderful that the memorial keeps growing and changing. I still remember what you said on the BBA boards and I get goosebumps.

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  2. Wow, so humbling. You're absolutely right that we shouldn't be waiting for disasters to bless the people we love.

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  3. So true. Life is short. Shower the people you love with love NOW.

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  4. I grew up a few miles from NASA in Clear Lake where my dad worked for a time. After one of the explosions, I remember the fence being covered with items which seemed to stretch on and on. It was sad but also inspiring.
    I wish we as Americans and humans could keep up that level of love at all times.

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    1. Wow!
      I know some people who do reach out - sometimes they are very quiet about it. It is beautiful to see both kinds of love shared. I agree - it would be nice to see it more often.

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  5. Our community had a wall like this for a little boy who disappeared a couple of years ago. It is just so inspiring and encouraging to see the level of care and comfort that people are capable of.

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  6. It's hard for me to visit memorials like this - they are so new and right smack in your memories. But it's sweet that it's getting the attention it is. It reminds me of the memorial for the OKC bombing... {:-D

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    1. Yes it is hard - I hope it brings comfort to the families. Oh my - the OKC bombing was tragic and terrible!

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  7. Beautiful memorial... must have been a hard one to attend. May they rest in peace.

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    1. I was so amazed at all the shirts from all around the world - several from Canada, Switzerland, and even one from firefighters in Iraq. It was very moving.

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  8. The memorial is beautiful. And I love that people are keeping it going by fixing it and adding to it everyday.

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    1. I liked that part, too, Edi - I hope the families are constantly refreshed and comforted by the visitors and gifts.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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