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Bread for the Journey

One night, this week, as NBC News was catching up
on the anniversary of a tornado that destroyed homes in Joplin, Missouri,
I got caught up in a story about a young woman named Bethany Lansaw.
 Bethany and her husband had been married six years.
When the tornado came ripping at their home,
she took cover in the bathtub
while her husband threw his body over hers to shield her.
He died, loving her and saving her.
What touched me in her story was that
she now finds comfort in the fact that on the worst day of her life
she was loved and comforted.
This struck a chord with me, as I was reminded of how God loves us in much the same way. Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." Isaiah tells of God saving His people because we are precious in His sight.

In Romans 8 we read . . .
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us,
who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all –
how will He not also, along with him graciously give us all things?
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us
from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
On our worst day, He still loves us and comforts us,
when we hide ourselves in Him.
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  1. I saw that interview also and it was very touching. I have been through a lot in my life also and much of it alone but I never felt alone....ever. There was signs of comfort all around me. I love your "bread for the journey" posts. Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you. I bet you'll have some good "eats" over the weekend!

  2. Thank you for remembering Joplin. When you live through it and know so many people whose lives were touched that day. The complete and total devastation. So many friends lost their homes (I was one of the lucky ones as we call ourselves). Joplin has come a long way in just one year, businesses are still being rebuilt, homes are starting to dot the emptiness again. We have seen the kindness of uncountable strangers pour into Joplin and know that there is good in the world. I took part in the Unity walk last Tuesday and the sight of thousands and thousands of people walking the reverse path of the tornado was pretty overwhelming. Please continue to keep Joplin in your thoughts and prayers.

  3. What a powerful picture of how God Loves us. I can't imagine the devastation and loss this young woman and others in her town have experienced. Brendalou, thank you for sharing your story as well. It is so moving to hear how you are experiencing this kindness and support which is evidence of God's care in the midst of loss.

  4. What an inspirational story. I admire the strength of that young woman. Thank you for the reminder that He is with us, loving us and comforting us through the worst this life can offer.

  5. It is wonderful that we as humans have a supreme being that is real and alive to love us unconditionally every minute that we exist and then to take us home to live with him at the last breath we take, if we believe in him and have asked forgiveness from our sins.
    That story reminds me of exactly the same type of story that my friend and current boss has lived in her life. Her mother and step father lived in Parkersburg Iowa when a tornado whipped out that town several years ago. Her Mother and step father went to the basement. They had very little time to get there but when they did her stepfather got her mother on the floor under a heavy table and then he got on top of her to protect her. The entire house was gone when the tornado ended and she survived and he had died right there on top of her while protecting her. At the funeral there where items of theirs and exspecially his that had been sent back to them as far away as Ohio that expressed the deepest sympathy that anyone should have for another person that goes through a tornado like this one or the one in Joplin. As long as you live you can never forget something like that when you have first hand knowledge of a friend or loved one that has lived through natures rath.

  6. A very moving post, Anneliese... Thank you !
    How comforting to know that on our 'worst day' - Jesus is still the same, Our comfort, our provider, our strength and the "lifted of our heads".

  7. I heard this story, too, as well as the one about the Mom who saved her children when the beams fell on her legs... taking them... She said she could have moved & pushed off the beam, but her children would have been pulled up! She is praising God for the life of her children & that her life was spared to care for them! Thanks for sharing this! God bless!!!

  8. Living in Tornado Alley I have heard these kinds of stories all my life. No matter how many of them I hear they never fail to move me. I had not heard this particular one, thanks for sharing.

  9. This was a very moving story! In combination with reading Romans 8, I got shivers up my spine. Thank you for this! Dairymary

  10. Oh how I needed to hear this today. My 22 yer old has gotten himself into some trouble and to top it off out of 5 police reports there is 3 different stories. His whole life ( he just finished college with a 3.79, but will never be able to practice what he went to school for if the truth does not come out) I needed to be reminded that God is the One in control and we can never be seperated from His love. Thank you Thank you


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