Sixty-two tornadoes ripped through the Piedmont, leaving scores of injured and at least twenty-one people dead.
I went to my favorite spot to reflect on the loss of those lives and the devastation left behind. There is an overlook in our community and I often go there to sit on a bench and admire the beauty. From the overlook I can see a farm valley below and the gorgeous mountains in the background. It is a lovely spot. In fact, the header photograph I am currently using was taken from that spot.
I was a bit surprised. The small river had swollen from its banks, flooding the valley below.
I took this photograph on Sunday. Compare it to the header and you can appreciate the amount of water.
I thought how fortunate we are to have escaped the worst of the weather, and how terrible this Sunday morning dawned for others across the state. Eleven people died in Bertie County...a rural area with a population of only twenty thousand.
This photograph is from the Raleigh News and Observer
This week marks Holy Week for Christians and Passover for Jews. For all of us of any faith (including those whose faith is not based on a deity) I ask that we think about those who were affected by these storms and all others who are suffering, both in our country and across the earth. The oft-used phrase, "Count your blessings" is appropriate for all of us.