Monday, February 9, 2009

Through tears…


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I have struggled to know what to say on this post.

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I have spent many moments over the last few days feeling very sad and weeping for the families that have lost everything, homes, towns, family and friends.  The recent fires about 80km north of us over the weekend, some still burning, have devastated the beautiful state of Victoria where my family and I live.  Words can’t describe the horror on the news tonight and the terrifying stories from those lucky enough to escape.  My heart broke tonight seeing a young father describe how he went off to help fight the fires only to return to find his young family had perished.  Whole towns wiped out. See what’s left of the beautiful town of Marysville here.

We have a number of families from our church directly effected by the fires, please keep them in your prayers.

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Australian Red Cross have been wonderful and you can make a donation here.  100% of funds going towards caring for those directly effected by the fires.

We thank God for the CFA volunteers and Fire fighters who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, for all the people caring for the thousands of people now homeless, the counselors and chaplains caring for the traumatized, the doctors and nurses healing the burns victims filling our hospitals, it is in times like these that the true Aussie spirit of rallying together and helping out really shines through.

Blessings
Kylie

13 comments:

Janellybelly said...

My love, thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this devastating tragedy - we are sharing your pain.

Christy A. said...

That harrowing news is in our headlines too. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to those who were affected.

elliebelle said...

I am thinking of all of you down under. :)

Terri said...

You all are in our thoughts and prayers - thanks for the Red Cross link. I don't have much, but if we each send a little, it will add up to something substantial.

Juddie said...

So devastating. I am in awe of the firefighters and other emergency services workers who have just kept going in such terrible circumstances...

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

All of Australia are thinking of you Victorians at this tragic time.

Kerryanne English said...

I don't think there are adequate words to describe our grief Kylie -it is just too tragic and not over yet.
Stay safe.
Hugs,
Kerryanne

Bronwyn said...

Thank you Kylie for writing this heartfelt post - I feel too sad and overwhelmed to do any posting on my blog for the moment - we had been near Kinglake just the day before, so it still feels very raw, even though we are safe here in our home and suburb.

domoshar said...

It is all so sad and terrifying!
I do hope you are all OK and the ones who suffer directly from fires get better! We had massive fires in the mountains the previous summers - it is heartbreaking to see people losing families and a country losing part of its landscape. I try not to watch the news of fires...

Kelly Mellott, Editor said...

Our thoughts at FaveCrafts are with you and your family. Keep your chin up as you overcome this tragedy and rebuild your community.

Cathy said...

We are very close to the action as well, and it's going to take a long time to feel happy again. There are so many heroes out there.

RebeccaMom said...

I too am sharing the pain and am in prayer for the people who have lost loved ones and homes and towns.

Tinniegirl said...

It has been so shocking, and still is. Your post is really lovely.