(Save Our State)
Honestly, I've been going back and forth about posting lately. Part of me really wanted to, but all I can think about is the fires, and I didn't want to sit here and act like my world has been turned upside down. Because while I'm devastated, I'm also lucky. My home (well, my parents' home...I'm still "homeless") is still standing. They're not even under pre-evac. And I have close friends who can't say that. Who have lost their homes to this fire.
But like I said, it's all I think about. My greatest hope right now is that the fire will stop. That buckets and buckets of rain will fall directly on it, and on the 8 other fires in Colorado, so that our state can begin to heal. I pray without ceasing that Glen Eyrie is safe. That no more homes will burn. That the fire won't spread. That no more fires will start.
But like I said, I don't want to just sit here telling you how devastated I am. Instead, I want to tell you all the positives.
God sent rain today. Not much, but enough to cool us off and to give us some humidity. That will help.
The winds didn't cause another unpredictable explosion of fire in Colorado Springs. Yesterday was awful, terrifying, and heartbreaking. Today was, in comparison, positive.
Colorado has proven once again to be the best state in the nation, without a doubt. Before you all start arguing with me, let me tell you about how great our people are. Donations have been pouring in, of money and food and water and other needed things. How many times do you see news stations telling people to STOP bringing donations somewhere? The Denver Broncos are donating, there are creative people making cool shirts that donate 100% of the proceeds, and people have been donating to the Red Cross and United Way.
Firefighters are inspiring, amazing people. I've always thought that, but never as much as I do now. To all the firefighters, especially those fighting in my state right now, thank you.
The High Park fire (in Ft. Collins) is 75% contained and the Flagstaff fire (in Boulder) is 30%. We can do this, Colorado.
The Waldo Canyon fire still burns out of control, but KKTV posted this status today. "Here's even more statistics just sent out by Colorado Springs: 18,500 acres; 5% containment; 1000 personnel; 500 Sheriff/PD; 27 crews; 73 engines; 3 water tenders; 0 injuries." What horrible, devastating facts...except that last one. Zero injuries. Zero deaths. Pray that number never changes.
God is sovereign, and I have faith. It doesn't make this easier, but it's still true. All I ask is that you pray, but if you feel led to do more, here's a list of ways you can.