I wish I were not so curious, so imaginative, so empathetic! Sometimes, I also wish I had the comfort of faith. I need it at times like this.
The remains of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
I taught for thirty years, and three of the schools had primary junior sections… for the very youngest children. In not one of the nine schools was I ever aware of a basement… but some news anchors are demanding to know why schools in the great plains “hurricane alley” have been built without underground shelters. Would it have mattered? Some of the children who died at school drowned in the basement!
Twenty to thirty minutes warning. Imagine! When the western world was concerned about atomic attack, the children were taught to “duck and cover”… to huddle terrified under desks with their arms over their heads. Sure. Now when there is an emergency, the advice is to “shelter in place.” What place can ever be safe enough? Twenty to thirty minutes to find shelter for a whole school, for a whole community!
This morning, switching channels, I happened across a “Christian news channel”. Three smiling people reassured the listeners that “their prayers are efficacious” and that the stricken community will be comforted by “a tapestry of grace”.
So I offer these recordings of “When you walk through a storm”… something for everyone’s taste, starting with Elvis. Take comfort if you can.
I am just horrified, very sad, and more than a little bit angry at the smug “God talk” I see being spread around. Magical thinking. How can it ease the pain, in any way, to pray at such a time?
When you walk through a storm hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never, ever walk alone.
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