Thursday, March 2, 2017

Here's Our Town, Here's Our Home

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive message minute. 

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Five years ago, on this very day, an EF-4 tornado caused extensive damage to Henryville Indiana, spending more than 50 miles on the ground and destroying churches, schools, and killing three people.  A few members from our church were on the scene hours later as part of a chainsaw crew clearing the roadways where we witnessed the carnage left behind.  You might say, "Wait Topher, that's not positive!"  
Here's the bright spot.  From that moment five years ago I developed some lifelong friends in Henryville.  One of those friends, Robin Embry, whose home was hit by the tornado, posted yesterday a tribute video and a song titled, "Here's Our Town."  It's a beautiful celebration of the life that still exists once a tragedy has passed and it serves as a reminder that good people, places, and times continue to thrive in Southern Indiana.  Robin catches the essence of wisdom presented in James that says, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." (James1:2-3)  No matter the trials facing you today, take a bit of wisdom from Robin and Henryville, meet those trials with joy and desire to serve God and others.  You'll be glad you did.

Oh, and Robin, if you're listening to this Message Minute, thank you for helping our town of Washington when it was hit with a tornado one year after yours.   May God continue to bless you and your family as you serve Him.

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