A Birthday Wish and a Prayer for the Tornado Victims

Tuesday, May 21

Sally Jean, my dear sister, a very happy birthday to you.  I love you–you are a treausre and a gift, and our time together is precious to me.  Thanks for being you.
Frankly, I just expected to write a happy birthday post for my Sis–I wasn’t expecting (were any of us?) the wholesale destruction in and around Oklahoma City.  I have some very special friends there and, thankfully, they came through this storm of storms unscathed.  But the loss of life and property is absolutely overwhelming!  Video of that tornado–TWO MILES WIDE!–is terrifying.  Neighborhood after neighborhood has been leveled.  Survivors are hungry, grieving, frightened, and often homeless.
What can we do to help?  Certainly, we can pray.  Pray believing, knowing you’re making a difference, because you are.  Energy shifts when a lot of folks are praying together.
Obviously, whatever you can afford to donate to the relief agencies will help, too.  I sent mine to the Salvation Army this time–I rotate between them and the Red Cross–and the task seems so enormous that we all wonder if giving can make any difference at all.  IT DOES.  Giving is an actual force, love in action.  Maybe you can only spare a dollar or two–please don’t let that stop you from helping out.  After all, simple math tells us that if a million people give a single dollar–well, that’s a chunk of love and help, the boots-on-the-ground, wade-in-and-get-it-done kind of help.  It’s shelter and water and food and medical care.  It’s a way of saying, “We care.”
May God hold each and every one of these people close to His Heart and console them.
And let’s do our part, too, like the cowgirls and cowboys we are.
It’s there to be done, folks.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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