Acts of Kindness

A friend I grew up with, posted the following note on Facebook and she gave me permission to re-post it here. Kathy Thompson Gifford is a dear friend in Florence, Alabama and she recently helped someone in need in Phil Campbell, Alabama after the disastrous April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

Kathy wrote the following:

Friends,

As I write this, I am drying my eyes over something that came in the mail today. I was so moved, I just felt compelled to write it down.

A day or two after the April 27th tornadoes that devastated our state, I (like many of you) learned that a young boy, Ethan Knox, (who I never had the chance to meet), aged 10 years died in the tornado in the Phil Campbell area. A kind, charitable man (also who I have never met) made thousands of people aware of Ethan’s death and his family’s dire financial situation in the face of the loss of their son & grandson, in addition to their home and possessions.

The kind gentleman is Mr. Don Parker. Mr. Parker found it in his heart to give all of us a chance to serve this family by giving money to pay for Ethan’s funeral, grave marker and provide some financial assistance to Ethan’s family. I, like many of you, sent in my small contribution, feeling warm inside about being given the opportunity to help this family. I was also feeling such a great sense of loss for Ethan’s family, as well as feeling incredibly blessed to have been spared and not be the parent dealing with the loss of a precious child.

That, I thought, was the end of the story for me. Until today.

This evening, after coming home from work, I went out to get the mail. In my box was a small envelope, addressed to Rodney and me, from a family in Phil Campbell, whose names I did not recognize.  The small envelope contained a thank you note from the family of Ethan Knox. Inside it, was a picture of Ethan, a handsome blonde haired boy. Ethan was only 10 years old when he left this Earth for his heavenly home. Ethan didn’t know me, but, he has touched me profoundly.  In the midst of their grief and loss, Ethan’s family had the grace to thank those who helped in a small way. It wasn’t necessary. But, it sure felt good.

God has a way of letting us think we are helping and blessing others, when in the end, through our service and obedience, we end up being the ones who are blessed. I thank you God for blessing me in such a special way, that I will never forget. Please keep little Ethan safe in your arms until he can be reunited with his family again in Heaven.

What a touching tribute! We never know what small acts of kindness can do in the lives of others. We always need to be people who are thankful, appreciative and eager to share that with others. Acts of kindness do not have to be random, they can be a way of life.

 

#disaster, #kindness, #tornadoes

Praying for Those Endangered by Tornadoes

One of the greatest things about Twitter is how you can follow an event happening hundreds or thousands of miles away, as if you were there. I am from the Shoals area of North Alabama. They have tornadoes swarming through the entire area. I have a Twitter list of news organizations and people in the Shoals and I am reading constant updates from the ground there. Three Four people have already died and there are more storms popping up all over. Please pray for them in that area. There are thousands of members of the Lord’s church in North Alabama, as well as much of my family. May God be with them.

#alabama, #florence, #prayers, #shoals, #storms, #tornadoes

News: flooding and tornados

I’m starting up this separate post today for links and news about the flooding and tornadoes over the past few days in the southern U.S.  Please share what you’re reading or seeing. We continue to pray for the safety of those in the affected areas.

I’m looking now at these photos from Rutherford County, Tenn. (Murfreesboro).

Many churches cancelled their meetings yesterday, even the morning services in some places.

One family near Ashland, Miss., lost their home this weekend and was injured by a tornado; this from a friend who is related to them. The friend is a Christian, she didn’t say if the family was or not.

#flooding, #mississippi, #news, #tennessee, #tornadoes