As families sat celebrating a wonderful Christmas Day, tornadoes suddenly tore through Mobile, Alabama. Â The national news barely gave it a mention, but there are millions of dollars of damage, personal homes destroyed, a hospital, churches and school severely damaged, and ancient oak trees uprooted like weeds. Â Mobile is a mess.
The Christmas miracle? Â No serious injuries.
The glimmer of light in the tragedy? Â Helpers and comforters everywhere.
On the newscasts, you could immediately see neighbors, strangers and friends walking the tree – jumbled streets with thermoses of hot coffee, chain saws and sandwiches, ready to lend a hand or feed a stomach.
So many people came out to help, they had to be turned away until the streets were clear of dangerous power lines. Â Church groups, the Red Cross, and hundreds of individual residents of surrounding areas are planning a massive clean-up and restoration effort throughout the coming weeks.
Bad things happen, but good people prevail. Â It’s nice to have good neighbors.
Here’s what my favorite “neighbor”, Â Mr. Rogers, had to say about bad things in the news: