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LONG WAY HOME BY STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN
If you have not heard, it feels like a good half of Colorado is on fire. The picture below was taken in daylight, in Colorado Springs. The company I worked for prior to joining SOS Radio is headquartered there, and they have been told to evacuate.
In fact, tens of thousands of people (to put it lightly) have also been evacuated. Tonight, they'll search for a place to rest their heads. They'll wonder if they will ever see their home again. Their family. Their friends. (My wife's uncle and cousin are among the many who have been told to leave their homes behind.)
If you're anything like me, it's easy to become numb to this kind of stuff in the news. Happens to somebody else, somewhere else, all the time. This time it's different. For me at least, because I just moved out of Colorado not even two weeks ago. My Facebook feed is filled with friends crying out to God for rain, and to the world for prayer.
This is how dire things are in Colorado right now: Imagine starting a drive on the freeway (I-25) that goes north-south through Colorado Springs. While you're still an hour away, you'll smell the smoke and see the dark sky. As you continue north into town, it will feel light night time in the middle of the day. Keep going north towards Denver. With the Waldo Canyon/Colorado Springs fire behind you, at least two more significant fires await you to the northwest. You'll have to drive almost all the way to the Wyoming state line before you're done inhaling the ash-filed air. That's no less than three hours on the road with smoke and flames as your constant companion.
One of my friends put it like this: "
Next time you speak with God, please pray for Colorado. For rain, for safety, for healing. And if you're willing, encourage your Facebook/Twitter/real life friends and family to pray as well. Share this page and these pictures too if you'd like.
If you feel led to help the victims, here are some links: