Firestorms and Prayer

Fires rage across Colorado. Emotions grip people in ways they have never experienced before. What can we do? I read a rather silly column by Barry Fagin in the Gazette this morning. He was touting reason over prayer in solving our fire-fighting/weather related problems. He says we have gotten better at fighting them through science and reason – true – but he loses me after that when he denounces the prayer warriors in times like these. Come on. We’re not all equipped or young enough to be fire fighters, but we still need the comfort of doing something to help others. Yes, donating to the Red Cross is essential – they are equipped and ready to go for all emergencies – but praying is essential too – for ourselves. I can’t imagine an intelligent person denouncing something that brings comfort to people – that’s like saying don’t bother hugging the person who just had to evacuate his house and you offer them your space till they have a chance to re-group. Are you kidding me? I just opened my home to evacuees and I know the hug was as much for me as for them.

I love science and all it has done for me, but if I can’t share my humanity with loving comfort for others – then none of it is worth a nickel. As in all things – we must strive to find balance. I’m pretty sure we won’t see Mr. Fagin’s desire to control the weather happen in our life time – but you never know – however, I’m not sure I want to take life out of life – if you know what I mean. That would be like putting another kind of nuclear weapon in someone’s hand. Who gets to control the weather? Who points the tornado at their enemy? Which country gets to be in charge? Something to pray about – huh?

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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