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June 15, 2008

It was 1:30 on Thursday morning when a freight train rolled through the neighborhood:

The next morning:

There are more pictures here.

What began as a mysteriously long gust of wind soon shook the whole house and the noise it made was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever heard. We got up and started looking out windows, as best we could through the rain.

I got around to the small window at the end of the living room and saw much of our big, lush, beautiful tree laying in the street. Thank God it was in the street and not on our house.

Everyone was out on the street in the light rain. Fire trucks showed up quickly because a power line was laying in the street. People were mourning gutters, windshields, fences, porches, boats, roofs, etc. Timothy and I were and are unspeakably thankful that nothing on our corner was damaged.

One neighbor said he checked the weather and “the worst is yet to come.” I’ve never ever ever been afraid of storms before, but I was afraid that night. Every time the sky lit up I’d wake up and listen for thunder to determine if it was coming closer. It was crazy.

Just before we went back inside to try to sleep (ha!) Timothy decided to move the cars further up the driveway. He got in mine and as soon as he turned it on Misty Edwards shouted at him “as in the days of Noah so it will be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man …” I half expected a voice to boom from the heavens, “This has been a public service announcement from the Omega.”

Because as we walked up and down the block talking to people and surveying the damage and trying to shake the horrifying noise from my memory our conversation, every few minutes, would fall silent and one of us would admit, “It’s only going to get worse.”

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:6-8

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22-23

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