Wednesday, June 26, 2013

For Alberta


I'm sorry to post yet another thing on the Alberta floods, but really it is foremost in our minds and hearts around here.  And I really want a record of it somewhere for my own memory.  I will never again watch flood videos from around the world and not be affected.  Never will I casually glance at it happening elsewhere.  Watching towns and cities around us be devastated has made it real and brought it home.  But the thing that makes me cry the most is how people, friends and strangers, came together for each other.  Stories like the couple who as soon as they heard that downtown Calgary flooded and the homeless shelter had to move and didn't as yet have a functioning kitchen, ran to the grocery store and made over 50 sandwiches to take to the temporary shelter.  And the mom and daughter who resuced baby fawns who got separated from their mother.  And the woman who drove from Calgary to Nanton to reunite a woman with her dog when they got separated.   And the Hutterite community who immediately started to bring food from their colony to those who were supplying meals.  The farmers who drove their tractors and farming machines to rescue those in impossible situations.  Those who fed the first line responders.  Those first line responders who worked around the clock.  And it goes on, and on.  It is beautiful to witness the best of people come out in care for total strangers.

Thanks to Heather Rankin who made this touching video I found on YouTube.  Made me cry!

Praying for all those who are still not in their homes and those allowed home but are now digging out and those who will never get their homes back.


7 comments:

ellen b. said...

Thanks for sharing this Susanne. It is always great to see a community coming together and seeing people coming out of themselves to help others.

Barbara H. said...

Amazing - both the effects of the flooding and the people stepping up to care for others.

Faith said...

Wow....it IS amazing and touching when entire communities come together to help each other out in these natural disasters. My hometown area is badly flooded. again. the area where I live has had lots of rain but so far no super serious damage yet people from here in the capital region are traveling out to the central region (my hometown) to help those folks out. It is amazing. Still praying for your families out there!

Casondra said...

It's amazing how people are able to find strength, courage, and compassion in the face of such a terrible event, but it goes to show how much good is in this world. Prayers going up for this town, and all those affected.

Mrs. C (Paula) said...

This is just so heartbreaking. We sometimes forget that, though things might be going well for us personally, there are always people hurting all over the world.

nikkipolani said...

You're right about things hitting home when sights so familiar to us are devastated in mere moments. Praying for this town.

Gattina said...

In such situations you realize that people are not that bad and fake not to see ... they help each other and that's what is wonderful !