Tuesday, March 19, 2019
SLICE #19- THE POWER OF A STORY
Stories help us to understand each other.
Stories help us to connect.
Every once in a while,
a story hits me in the gut.
Like this morning, for instance.
I live in Colorado.
Colorado is right next door to Nebraska.
For the past week, I have been hearing and reading about the flooding in Nebraska.
And to be honest,
I have not paid all that much attention.
It hasn't really hit home.
And then this morning, I was driving to work.
Listening to the radio, like I do pretty much every morning.
A man called in asking for prayer.
He is a fourth generation cattle farmer from Nebraska.
Right now, his land and his cows are under 18 feet of water.
The water will probably not recede until Saturday.
one hundred years of hard work,
are almost certainly gone.
His voice broke as he said,
"But they are more than just cows.
They are part of my family."
and I imagined him milking them,
and rubbing their heads,
and calling them by name,
and now they are gone.
And all day, I have been thinking
about those cows
under eighteen feet of water
and that man who loves them so much.