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Shelter from the storm
Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, they are most common in the United States, and where I live, they are very much a part of our lives during tornado season, which runs from March through May each year. These storms can pack winds of up to 300 miles per hour and can be a mile wide. My professional life as a city administrator included working with other emergency responders to warn people about approaching tornadoes, and ensuring that shelters and other emergency services are available.
Personally, I include one other emergency “service” in my toolkit, namely prayer to understand God’s presence, even in the midst of the storm. This doesn’t mean I believe I can control the storms, but I do claim in prayer that God’s harmony can prevail, and the destructive weather doesn’t come from God. Also, while tornadoes tend to be erratic, and may strike one town but skip another, prayer can reduce fear and help reveal orderly steps that can be taken for public safety.
I’ve learned over many years to trust in God’s divine power to protect me and the areas for which I’m responsible. Let me give you some examples.
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About the author
Betty and her husband, Dan, currently live in Overland Park, Kansas.
Cicely Gallagher, Madelon Maupin, David Thorburn-Gundlach, Virginia Stopfel
We can trust God—with our life
Ingrid Peschke, Managing Editor
The flip side of gambling
Bertina B. Norford
Waking to the nature of the Christ
Shelter from the storm
By Betty H. Thompson
Calm in the midst of wild winds
God’s changeless, beautiful creation
By Robert R. MacKusick
A saving power in times of need
By Deborah Huebsch
Witness to Love’s blessing
By Jeffrey Plum
Wearing the ‘garment of praise’
A path of blessings—for me and my son
Name removed by request
Finding a home, guided by God
By Jennifer Johnson
God’s plan covers all our needs
By Peggy Ricks
My unforgettable summer
By Steve Bailey
Let our church change
By Don Adams
So much good going on
Foot injury healed
Symptoms of malaria healed
Freed from illness
Joseph Kilole Lifongo
Deliver a mental knockout punch to fraud