Tornado tragedies in Chapman, Soldier and Manhattan last week remind us once more?as if we needed another reminder?how fragile life really is. All of us survive from one day to the next by God?s grace. Those of us still alive and safe, and with home and possessions intact, are no more worthy of our great fortune than the loss of those things indicate grievous shortcoming among the storm victims. It just happens.

For now we breathe a prayer of thanks, and keep an eye on the skies. More than that, we come to the aid of our neighbors who have not been as fortunate as we have been. We do it because we have compassion on those who hurt and grieve and need the help of others. And maybe because we know our day will come when we will require their help in our hour of need. ?DR

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