Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Firestorms

The area where we live is safe. But today our blue sky slowly began to turn colors. In the morning we saw grey and orange streaks in the distance toward the fire areas. Our local mountains are not on fire. But their purple peaks gradually disappeared into a smoky haze and they became dark grew shadows. It was almost 100 degrees in our area today.

The school where I work canceled P.E classes so the children would not inhale the bad air.

Four hundred homes are destroyed in the Lake Arrowhead area, where we like to ride our motorcycles. The last couple of riding posts are in that area.

I continue to pray for the fire fighters and for the people who have lost their homes. I'm sad that our forests are burning up. Each year California's wild fires are increasing. People blame it on global warming. I'm not sure what the answer is, but we haven't had much rain the last few years, so everything is incredibly dry.

Some of our larger pine trees can withstand forest fires, but they cannot survive these flames.

In a way, this pulls everyone together, and people become more sensitive to one another's needs. I don't like these fires, but in some ways...difficult circumstances bring out the best in people.

(The Dead Sea Scroll post is below.)

9 comments:

Cynthia said...

We too our praying for everyone and also that the sensitivity towards others, the togetherness these happenings bring will continue well beyond the disaster.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Wow, have been watching from afar... praying for all those whose lives are touched by this tragedy.

Becky Wolfe said...

I'm glad to know your area is still safe. Too bad about your riding area. One of our fave hiking areas burnt up this summer as well.

We were hazy for a long time this summer too but fortunately, no bad ones this year.

Keep safe my friend!

Diane said...

Sharon,

So glad you posted that you are safe. As I clicked over this morning--I put your location...and the fires together for the first time...and was very glad to read you are in a safe area. Although--watching the randomness and scope of these fires.....I wasn't sure what to expect.

We all are praying for God's protection for so many. Oh that it could rain.....that the winds will calm down...and these fires will be contained.

Diane

Diane said...

PS: How cool that you were able to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. I can only imagine that it would have been hard to walk away from them.

Thanks for sharing your trip to see them...I felt blessed just by reading your experience.

Diane

Dawn said...

I am so glad you got to see the scrolls. I wonder if they'll ever come to Colorado.

The fires are unbelievable. I heard some of our Colorado firefighters have been deployed. We've had incredibly bad fire summers, and you feel like the whole state has warmed up. Really sad. So many tragedies in the world. Even so, Lord Jesus, Come!

Laurie said...

I've come to your blog a few times by way of Becky's. I remembered you live in Ca. and I just wanted to stop by and see how you all are faring up. I'm glad to hear you and yours are o.k. ! :)

Janey Loree said...

I am glad to hear that you are not in harm's way.

Patriot said...

I've just said a prayer for you all tonight. May California see a renewed hope and dependence on God during this time.

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