Letter to the editor – Rambling

Praise the Lord everyone.  How good and how great our Lord is.  He loves us and cares for every need.  He walks with us and keeps us through all the trials of this life.  He gives us strength to continue on when tragedy threatens to make it impossible to do so.  He leads us through the dark times of our lives that seems to hover over us like a dark cloud that is threatening to storm all around us.  He never leaves us or forsakes us.
I’m sorry I’ve missed the last three weeks paper.  Joe had surgery Wednesday after the tornado came through here Monday.  Between trying to take care of him and trying to help out with keeping children whose families lost their homes and everything in the storm, I’ve just run out of time, and I do apologize.  I appreciate all of you who called and checked on me to see if I was okay.  I’m so sorry for everyone who lost so much in the storm, and who lost precious family members.  My first cousin’s wife was killed in their home, and all three of their daughters’ homes were destroyed.  So many people lost their lives.  I can’t imagine what it was like.  I was in the basement in the church and had my babysitting kids with me, I was still scared to death.  There was so many bad things that the storm caused, but there was a lot of good things that happened because of the storm.  The very best came out in a lot of people, as they jumped in to help and do what they could.  I’m so proud of how people came together from everywhere to be a blessing to those in need. It was totally amazing.
I’ve been asked why God would let the storm destroy so much and kill all those people.  We know that God can control the storm, wind, rain, anything.  I don’t have an answer except to say, the Bible says it rains on the just and unjust alike.  As bad as the storms were and as bad as the areas were torn up that it moved in, it could have been so much worse.  Someone watched one coming towards Noxapater and put it on Facebook.  It was headed straight toward the water tower across from the firehouse.  They watched it turn and lift up.  Had it not done that, it would have gotten my house, Devon’s house, the school, the baptist church, and downtown Noxapater.  However, it turned and we were spared.  So God really blessed us here in Noxapater.  I hope if you live here, I hope you will remember to give God praise for letting it turn.  God has protected us from the storm many times.  I have pointed it out time and time again in the Rambling article when the tornadoes hit all around us.
Life is full of trials to over come and mountains to climb, but if we will do it in Jesus name, we can always be an over comer.  God is so good and his promises are real and true.  We don’t need to get bitter or let the devil cause us to forsake the assembling of ourselves together in God’s house to give him praise and honor.  So hang in there my friends.      I love you all and hope you have a good week.  May God bless and keep each and every one.  I’ll be back next week, the Lord willing.  Call me at 662-724-4691 or write me at 425 West Alice Street, Noxapater, MS 39346.  Remember God loves us and wants to assure us that he’s here for us.  Just feel for his sweet prescence as it flows through us and speaks to our hearts.

Arlene Barrett