It is hard to fathom the extent of human suffering and loss in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma this week.
As I try to comprehend the human suffering in the town of Moore, I have been struck by the amazing strength of the people of Oklahoma and by the kindness of America.
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Men and women from surrounding towns, cities, counties and states have rushed to the aid of their fellow countrymen. Their devotion and goodness makes me proud to be an American. It humbles me to see so many people pulling together to help each other in this great time of need.
America's extreme and violent weather patterns stunned me when I first came to live in this country. Irish weather can be wet and miserable, and sometimes stormy. In my childhood years I never experienced the wild and brutal battles of hot and cold fronts clashing over extensive, flat plains. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards are severe weather events I grew to appreciate only after moving to the United States.
My years living in Texas and Kentucky have taught me springtime storms are dependable, seasonal phenomena. The severity of these storms is the only unpredictable variable. But weather disasters of this week's magnitude remain hard to comprehend, even I expect for those born and raised in tornado alley.
Prayers for Tornado Victims
And so, I pray for the suffering people of Moore, Oklahoma.
I admire and applaud the bravery of all the men and women who are helping those in need.
I offer prayers of comfort and support to those who have been injured or have lost their homes. May you once again find peace of mind.
I extend my sympathies to the families and friends of those killed. My heart aches for those who have lost their sweet, precious children.
For those who feel helpless, may you find comfort and hope in the kindness of America.
Sending my love and prayers to Oklahoma.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
P.S. For anyone looking for ways to help, Ree Drummond, a rancher's wife from Oklahoma who writes The Pioneer Woman blog, has created a comprehensive list of ways to give in her recent post called Oklahoma.