#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A Birthday Wish and a Prayer for the Tornado Victims

Sally Jean, my dear sister, a very happy birthday to you.  I love you–you are a treausre and a gift, and our time together is precious to me.  Thanks for being you.

Frankly, I just expected to write a happy birthday post for my Sis–I wasn’t expecting (were any of us?) the wholesale destruction in and around Oklahoma City.  I have some very special friends there and, thankfully, they came through this storm of storms unscathed.  But the loss of life and property is absolutely overwhelming!  Video of that tornado–TWO MILES WIDE!–is terrifying.  Neighborhood after neighborhood has been leveled.  Survivors are hungry, grieving, frightened, and often homeless.

What can we do to help?  Certainly, we can pray.  Pray believing, knowing you’re making a difference, because you are.  Energy shifts when a lot of folks are praying together.

Obviously, whatever you can afford to donate to the relief agencies will help, too.  I sent mine to the Salvation Army this time–I rotate between them and the Red Cross–and the task seems so enormous that we all wonder if giving can make any difference at all.  IT DOES.  Giving is an actual force, love in action.  Maybe you can only spare a dollar or two–please don’t let that stop you from helping out.  After all, simple math tells us that if a million people give a single dollar–well, that’s a chunk of love and help, the boots-on-the-ground, wade-in-and-get-it-done kind of help.  It’s shelter and water and food and medical care.  It’s a way of saying, “We care.”

May God hold each and every one of these people close to His Heart and console them.

And let’s do our part, too, like the cowgirls and cowboys we are.

It’s there to be done, folks.

21 comments to “A Birthday Wish and a Prayer for the Tornado Victims”

  1. Hilda
      · May 21st, 2013 at 4:40 pm · Link

    You’re RIGHT! I’m going to do it – thanks for the reminder and the encouraging words. I too pray for them, for comfort, for their basic daily needs, and that this storm doesn’t kill whatever faith they had in their lives! God be with them and comfort them!

  2. Gloria
      · May 21st, 2013 at 4:43 pm · Link

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sally Jean. May you have many more.

    Linda, I haven’t heard, or seen, much about the tornado, as I don’t have any means to do so, but I would like to say this, and I know you’re aware of it, about donating money…You have to be very careful about how you donate it.

    Many years ago, when my oldest son, (the one who died), got married and he and his wife were going to see her mom before returning to duty in the Army. They were stranded in somewhere between here and Pittsburg, and had no way to go.

    We scrounged up enough money to get them some transportation. Red Cross had put them up in a motel for the night. Between my youngest son, my youngest brother, and myself, we had just enough to rent a vehicle for them. They also had a VW van full of household goods with them.

    I sent the money thorough Red Cross because they didn’t charge, and would you believe that they took out every cent of the money they “helped” them with, so…they were still stranded. We borrowed more money and sent it through WU that time and they got it and was able to go on with their trip back to post. So, if you want to be sure your money is all going to the survivors of anything, The Salvation Army is the way to go. Most of what you donate goes to the ones who need it.

    This time, you’ll know that ninety-something percent of what you gave will get to the ones who need it.

  3. Diane M
      · May 21st, 2013 at 4:46 pm · Link

    My thoughts and prayers to all of Moore ok and Oklahoma city. The devastation was horrific. O am sure thwy prayed for massachusetts during te marathon bombings last month. I have donated to the red cross.

  4. carole
      · May 21st, 2013 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Hi! I can’t watch the news anymore for its so heart-breaking, am praying and will do my part since I live where we have hurricanes and have been in thother animalseir shoes by losing almost everything but a child, its over whelming…I cried and then picked myself up ahd cleaned up and helped others,too! I’ll do something with the Red Cross or Salvation Army. I have a god friend that is out there now to help with the horses, and other animals. My heart goes out to all of the people who were effect by the tornado.! Happy Birthday Sally Jean! Hope she has a good one and you,too!

  5. Hilda
      · May 21st, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I’ve heard similar stories about the Red Cross. And I’ve never heard anything negative about the Salvation Army! That’s the way I’m going to give. Thanks for the reminder, Gloria!

  6. Crystal
      · May 21st, 2013 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Sally!!! To all victims! I do pray! This is absolutely devasting. In JESUS name may all hearts be mended and comforted. I don’t even have any more words there’s so much to say, yet i don’t even know how to begin. All i can do is pray!

  7. Kathleen O
      · May 21st, 2013 at 5:32 pm · Link

    My heart and prayers go out to those who have suffered because of this terrible tragedy.

    And to your sister Sally, I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  8. Pat Parker
      · May 21st, 2013 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    I cannot believe how often your thoughts and mine are exactly the same. When you got books from the library, I had just read the Debbie Macomber one, and had just started the Susan Wiggs one. Loved them both.
    When you mentioned Montana Silversmiths, my daughter who has been doing some work for them, had just sent me earrings for Mother’s Day from there.
    Today you mentioned the tornado and I had just made my donation to the Red Cross this morning.
    I enjoy all your books and look forward to the new one next Tuesday! It will go to Turkey with me and make a long plane trip much more enjoyable.
    Thank you, Pat Parker

  9. Darlene Tomel Sigala
      · May 21st, 2013 at 6:28 pm · Link

    My hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of Oklahoma. We are here to help you any way we can. :cry:

  10. Norma Stanforth
      · May 21st, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, and Happy Birthday to your sister Sally Jean, my middle name is Jean, also. Yes that was terrible the destruction that the tornado did, it is hard on people who loss family member, homes and everything. I feel so sorry for the i am praying for them. I pray that none of our blog members was in that tornado. God bless each and everyone of you and i love you all.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · May 21st, 2013 at 6:51 pm · Link

      I meant them i left the m off. Sorry about that.

    • Gloria
        · May 21st, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

      Hi Norma, my middle name is Jean, too. That must be a really good name, huh?

      I am praying for all those people and their losses. If America doesn’t turn back to God, I’m afraid for us all.

      • Hilda
          · May 22nd, 2013 at 10:45 am · Link

        You said it, Sistah! I wish more people would get that!

  11. Lois Rotella
      · May 21st, 2013 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Sally and prays for the Oklahoman’s.

  12. Juanita Rice
      · May 21st, 2013 at 7:30 pm · Link

    The devastation is almost too much to watch.

  13. judy
      · May 21st, 2013 at 7:55 pm · Link

    I feel for the people in OK. We were in the same boat 2 years ago tomorrow. Can not beleve it is 2 years. Are town will never be the same. Happy birthday to your sister.

  14. Jean M
      · May 22nd, 2013 at 12:49 am · Link



  15. Andrea Lammly
      · May 22nd, 2013 at 8:20 am · Link

    Beautiful sentiments Linda. I have cousins who live in Moore and they made it through safely. God’s blessings to all of those affected by this tornado. Giving to any of these organizations is the way to go. They are there to help out in situations like this one.

    Hope your sister had a grand day on her birthday! Enjoy your day!


  16. Carole Sklenar
      · May 22nd, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

    Well said Linda and a big Happy Birthday to your sister.

  17. Sal
      · May 22nd, 2013 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Thank you all so very much for the birthday wishes!! :) I felt the love.

  18. Emily
      · May 23rd, 2013 at 9:50 am · Link

    Happy birthday late to your sister. I have been out of pocket again for a week. Family and health issues. We were unable to connect to the internet so missed out on all of the blogs.

    We feel so sorry for the people of Moore, Oklahoma. They have been hit 3 times, but are strong and willing to stay in this town. Great courage and spirit.

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