Thursday, April 28, 2011


By now most of you have seen videos of the tornados in Alabama. Tuscaloosa is my hometown and I'm watching these videos and looking at the photos with great sadness.

Places that I knew as a child are gone. The church where I was baptized and where we were married is almost totally destroyed. The death toll is mounting. Last report was that the hospital--where my son was born and my parents left for Heaven--is damaged and has run out of body bags.

I am absolutely numb. Plans were to go home Friday for my class reunion. Friday plans are cancelled but Saturday is still on. I have to go. I have to be close to this place that was my home for so long. Whose university gave me my education. I have to see if my parents' house is still standing. I have to see that their resting places are okay. What a bittersweet trip.

From the beginning to the end, God is in control. He knows why. It is so beyond our feeble minds to understand. I know this, but I don't think God would begrudge me just a little grief.

Here are pictures of the church where we were married. It's the Alberta Baptist Church.

Please pray. Please donate what you can.

I thank God for all you, my friends.


FancyHorse said...

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel. I know it will be very hard, but necessary. Please be careful.

April Mechelle said...

I feel the same as you. I lived in Brookwood in 1972-1975. We spent a lot of time in Tuscaloosa. I remember Macfarland blvd being hit in 1974. I have been glued to the tv watching footage. I live south about 20 miles from where the tornado hit in Birmingham. Have a safe trip to Bama.

Alice said...

I have been watching with horror. How sad. Safe trip, and I hope things are better than they seem.

Susan said...

Have a safe trip. Remember all of the great, fun times you had.

Julie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Marian as you make this very sad journey. Love and {{{hugs}}}

Donna said...

I have goosebumps looking at the photos. My thoughts and prayers are with you as they are for all those involved.
Please have a safe trip. I know it will be harder than you or I can imagine.

Ann said...

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you--please let me know if the church has a rebuilding fund set up. I would like to send a contribution. We need our houses of worship now more than ever.