Last night and today, fires are burning in the Great Smoky Mountains and it is heartbreaking. Some of our favorite places to visit in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are being damaged or destroyed.
On my first date with Kirk, we went to Gatlinburg to eat and walk around. We had a wonderful time and talked for hours. That was the start of our amazing life together. We both have very fond memories of that time together.
Last December, we spent a day with dear friends at the Westgate resort. We had lunch at the indoor water park, and then visited at a cabin. This photo was taken there in December 2015. It is one of the places where the fires have been burning.
Our prayers go out to those who live and work in these communities. May they be safe and not lose everything. May the animals not be displaced or hurt. May the firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and all first responders stay safe and unharmed.
May those who have been evacuated be okay and able to eventually go home. May visitors and curious people stay away since it is not safe to be on the roads where the fires are burning. May we help one another.
May the rain help fight these fires and may the cities still stand when these fires are finally doused. May all volunteers such as the Red Cross be blessed and have all that they need to help the people and these communities.
May we love one another and be there for each other during the rebuilding. In your mercy Lord, Hear Our Prayer. Amen.