Our house sits in a neighborhood nestled in a bustling city. It has a small town feel with the big town amenities. We have started our family in this house. This place that we call our home is where we connect, unwind, and grow.
We grow attached to our homes. They are treasured and maintained in hope that our house is with us for years to come. And, sometimes, taking our house for granted, forgetting how blessed we are to have this roof over our heads.
A Wake Up Call
It was a regular day, like any other day until the tornado sirens sounded. I stopped in my tracks and diverted my glance out the window. I didn’t notice stormy weather brewing. Despite my confusion, I led my son to the basement to wait out the sirens.
I had a hard time sitting still. I returned upstairs for my son’s toys and my purse. If the worst happened, I wanted my cell phone. Back in the basement, I thought of more items I’d like to bring with me to safety – my laptop, camera, and cash.
Then, it hit me. Are these material possessions what I want to cling to, if this was my final moment alive or in this is house? No. I realized I wouldn’t cease to exist if I lost these material reflections. It would be hard, and I would mourn, but I could rebuild.
Meaning Amidst Disaster
Many have lost their homes and loved ones in recent and previous tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. How do you rebuild your life and home after loss?
“You can spend your whole life buildin’
Something from nothin’.
One storm can come and blow it all away.
Build it anyway.” Anyway by Martina McBride
Finding faith, hope, and peace to keep moving forward. Being grateful for what we do possess, our lives and days left to live. Reaching out to others. Doing for others what they can’t do for themselves. All are ways that we uncover meaning amidst disaster.
Maybe you haven’t been impacted by a natural disaster, but you’ve been through some stormy seasons. When facing the storms of life, remember that your skin is your home. No one and nothing can take away your spirit, values, strengths, passion, or your thoughts.
Be At Home In Your Own Skin
Home is a place you can be yourself.
Worry less what others think of you.
Embrace all of you, the darkness and the light.
In your home, find joy in the tiniest moments,
Comfort for the pains you wade through,
And share in the celebrations and fullness of life.
Be your own reflection of what you cherish.
Hold your memories, ideas, and connections.
Living in your own skin,
Where the home is where you are.
What comforts you in the storms of life? Please share how you rebuild after loss.
I am writing this post in honor of those who have lost their homes and loved ones in the recent tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri ( 2 1/2 hours from here) and throughout the Midwest and Southern United States.
To donate to the Salvation Army disaster relief efforts, text the word “JOPLIN” to 80888 for an automatic $10 donation, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or go to www.salvationarmy.us.
To support the American Red Cross disaster relief, text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).
Photo Credit: “The Day After” by Angelo Amboldi