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A Cowboy’s Faith: Season must overcome disasters

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“This too shall pass.”

While that is definitely a scratch in an already very bad injury, it is still the sad truth.

Perhaps more sympathetic somewhat less painful comment would be: “Mother Nature is overpowering having her way in every situation.”

Yet, a couple other responses could be “There’s nothing anybody can do about the weather except talk about it.” Or, “It is what it is.”

None are appropriate and far insufficient consolations for thousands nationwide who’ve suffered loss beyond comprehension from recent horrendous weather tribulations.

Hearing and seeing tragic impacts from storms thousands of miles away made hearts ache feeling the inner desire to help. At a distance often there seems no way to offer assistance other than possibly financially to the most in need.

However, everyone expressing their prayers for the others is so simple and likely greatest benefit of all.

Then when detrimental strong winds invade locally and statewide there is true inner realization of all the others’ suffering.

When lives are taken, livestock lost, homes and very valuable structures destroyed, lifetime work and dreams shattered, life becomes unbearable. There is no way whatsoever to recover completely with haunting to remain forever.

No estimate is yet readily quoted for extensive damages throughout the Midwest, but it’ll be numbers beyond most calculation abilities. Insignificant comparatively to neighbors and others at a distance just counties away – lost trees, roofs and machinery dents are nothing.

Insurance companies are bombarded with reports, putting callers on waiting lists which could be days or weeks.

Certainly, better to have paid those dreaded premiums than to have no coverage for the very expensive catastrophes. Partial recouping provides a certain reprieve, yet dollar losses are incomparable to personal possessions, family keepsakes, pictures and the like.

Making the tragedies perhaps even more shattering is their coming when it is supposed to be every year’s happiest season.

Still time is continuing forward as Christmas lights are shining brightly throughout rural and city communities, many homes as well. Impossible to shrug off everything that storms have caused yet essential for all to remain optimistic.

Reminded of Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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