Ragamuffin Gal

".. from my ragged heart to yours"

July 26, 2011

Where Hope Lives..

White curtains blowing
through open windows
lined with bent
metal frames,

Two partially bricked walls
standing firmly
against nature's elements.

Bright green walls
painted with a promise.

And hope lives here.

In the midst of the discarded
the forgotten
and the lost,


God is hope.

And HOPE lives here!

Even though Joplin is only an hour away, Mark and I got our first look at the devastation last Sunday.  After two months it is still a lot for one to take in.  We had excellent tour guides who could tell us what was before and how it compares to now.  I resisted taking pictures of the misery that the community of Joplin deals with each moment of every day.  I only took four.  On Tuesday of this week, this post came to me all at once and I wrote it down quickly and added two of my photos.  By grace alone our Joplin neighbors make it through each day. They are a witness and testimony of hope.   To read more click here, it is a blog of one family living day by day in hope.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Joplin doesn't make the news anymore but the rebuilding will go one for years.

When we were in Nepal, we witnessed an Indonesian funeral ceremony on one of our tours -- totally unexpected and although we were 20 feet away from the family and the deceased, I didn't take pictures because I felt like it was an invasion of their privacy. I can understand why you would not want to photograph the misery you found in Joplin. It is much better to focus on hope.

Have a great day. Tammy

Lovey said...

Let God heal...He Will...xoxo

Dorthe said...

Dear Katie,
Here-without hope, you will brake-here,without the help of God, you will not be able to stand on your feet, for as long,as it will take to rebuilt- so lets pray, there will continue to be hope and help from above.

Suz said...

Beautiful, but also very sad. Someday...All Shall Be Well.
Love and hugs,

dulcy said...

It's been just a terrible situation all around. But, like you point out Katie, hope abounds..... Now the local news regularly features moving and lovely stories of what's happening daily in Joplin. I love the story about Sheryl Crow auctioning her car. Such generosity is out there!

Sandi said...

Your picture and your words have surely touched my heart this morning. Many prayers for all those in Joplin as well as all the other places/people who have been affected by the ravages of nature. Thank you for sharing, for reminding us of the many needs that continue, long after the press has left.

~*~Patty S said...

Very moving dear Katie...so many tragedies it seems

I think you were brave to view it in real life...photos and news reports were devastating enough

take care sweet friend and thank you for sharing Hope with us and more!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Katie,
nothing much left for me to say -
they all said it so beautifully!!
As long as there is hope......
Sending hugs and love,

Relyn said...

Hope lives here.

I love that.

Wherever He lives, hope lives there.