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HOPE IN THE ASHES

I don’t even know where to start in this writing process this week as our California area is just being literally bombed with wildfires. My cousin has been evacuated, my friend has lost her home, many more people I know have friends and relatives in the same situation, and through it all we are being slammed with news coverage that brings me to my knees. Whole towns are being burned to the ground. I am feeling the stress, we can see and smell the smoke from hundreds of miles away and it is affecting people’s health.

And yet, I can’t imagine the loss and pain that people are experiencing first hand. So the only thing I can do is write my thoughts and prayerfully send a message that will go out to you and we can take action to bring hope to the people actually going through this disastrous time.

I have seen once again, the love and spirit of good people. A young woman I know that has such a love for animals that she takes a trailer full of supplies up to the area and saves countless animals from being burned to death or abandoned. A friend who offers up her home to someone for as long as it takes to rebuild their life which has been erased from this fire. A relative who checks in daily for updates and is at the ready to swing into action of driving up to help pack up a home that may be in the fire zone, and will literally carry out possessions, animals, people or anything else to help ease the pain of what is about to happen. Volunteers who offer food, clothing and a smile to people in need at this time. And of course the firefighters themselves who work endless hours to save us while at the same time may be losing their own homes in the process.

The human spirit is stronger than we think. And hope is right around the corner. Pain is real; we can’t take that away nor force it to hurry up. It’s a struggle and we must be empathetic to that. But we can walk someone through the process through our love, support and just a shoulder to cry on. Hope is free, it doesn’t cost a thing, it doesn’t ask for anything, and it sometimes in the midst of the horror can help us breathe and maybe put a smile on our face and give us the guts to move forward.

Figure out a way you can help today. Is it a phone call to someone in need? Can you give of your time or resources? Give someone the gift of hope that desperately needs it and feel a warmth in your heart give back to you what you will willingly pour out.

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