Struggles & survivors is such a very unique experience. They are in between two different places. Kind of like being in between a rock & a hard place. It was such a crazy time for us. Holidays are also bittersweet to because those who have come through the stress of the tornado.
Holidays can be difficult for survivors, and it hurts them when they go through things. They struggle through the changes. They struggle the first months back. They get hurt by those who say they care for them.
Struggles with finances. Struggles with finding ways to pay credit cards, and other bills. Struggles even in the workplace. Struggles with the new everyday work environment. Some struggle with even going back to work.
Struggles with everyday work responsibilities.
Survivors will have struggles in every which way. They have good days and bad days. They struggle when sirens go off. They have struggles….and it takes time to recover. Recovery is a process for those who have gone through the Tornadoes, and other disasters in the United States.
Yet every survivor will recover in a total different manner than another person. Many will have the entire grief of going through it, all the stages. All the hurts, the anger and everything that goes with it. They need time to process the disaster, they need time to put things in order. What will you choose to do to help a survivor?
I know one thing that you can do in order to help a survivor. It is to listen. Listen to their story’s time and time again. Listen to what they need. They will forget your words, but will remember your hugs. Pray with them constantly.
How many times does it take for us to understand those who have gone through the disasters? How much time does it take to soften a harden heart? A heart needs to be soft. God wants us not to have a harden heart. He told Ezekiel that our hearts needed to be soft, and ready to hear the Word of God.
- 5 Minute Friday (thehopejourney.wordpress.com)
- Need You Now (mysacredhideaway.com)
- ‘Preparing for Struggles’: Oklahoma Pastor Steven Earp Gave Prophetic Message Before Deadly Tornado (blackchristiannews.com)
- Survivorship (thehopejourney.wordpress.com)
- Hood County tornado survivors begin long journey back (star-telegram.com)
- Listening and Survivors (thehopejourney.wordpress.com)