Dear Lord....I am so thankful for the love, kindness, caring, encouragement and support of others during the flood.
It has been amazing to me to see the outpouring of kindness and caring from around the country and around the world for the flood survivors and for our community. I have gotten emails and phone calls asking how we are and if there is anything they can do to help us.
My husband's company was flooded (he is 2 blocks from the river) and the next day, phone calls began pouring in- both on his business cell and our home phone.
I have experienced such kindness through blogging friends- emails of concern and phone calls. Many, many prayers going up.
When you read letters to the editor in the paper, there are people writing from all over the world, sending encouragement. One letter that had me crying was from South Carolina. This person described how the world is watching our community and how we are helping one another and that we are such an inspiration. Wow. That was amazing- the whole letter was so loving.
One man called our home from Canada. He had seen the flood on the news and was searching for his friend. She has a similar last name as ours. He didn't know how to reach her...it was a "shot in the dark" to call our home. Well, he didn't have the right phone number, so I called him to let him know. I couldn't find his friend's number. It turns out she lived and had a shop in Czech Village (totally ruined) and her story was in the Gazette Newspaper a couple of days later. Through that, I was able to track her down so that she knew her friend was trying to reach her. Isn't God amazing???? Can't you just see His Sovereignty through that? That he would call me, I would see the paper and feel compelled to DO something...
I am sooo thankful for the good I can see in the flood. So, although I am not thankful FOR the flood, I am so thankful for what God is doing IN the flood and THROUGH the flood. We will forever be changed here in Cedar Rapids....and through His Grace, much of it is changes for the good. In ALL things, God works for the good.
And we know that in all things God works for the GOOD of those who love Him and
are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
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